Manhattan Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee voted unanimously against a 21-foot, one-story-plus-elevator bulkhead addition to a 200-year-old, 40-foot-high, four-story building in the Seaport last month. 40 Peck Slip, currently vacant, is owned by the Superior Officers Council, a branch of the NYPD's lieutenants' and captains' unions, who want to redevelop the 1813 building to house their administrative offices. The Council had previously planned an even larger two-story addition which, according to the Tribeca Trib, "appeared to stand no chance of LPC approval," so they brought BKSK Architects on to overhaul the design.
That was probably a smart move. Even though the CB1 Landmarks Committee wasn't a fan, complaining about the increased height and the addition's glass and painted-metal clashing with the brick, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, who will have the final say in the matter, has adored BKSK's designs in the recent past. (Commissioner Michael Devonshire called their 529 Broadway "as exciting a building as I've seen [in my time] on the committee," and was equally enthusiastic about 25 Great Jones Street.) So this will be one to watch when it goes before the Commission.
· Modern Top Proposed for Old Seaport Building at 40 Peck Slip [Tribeca Trib]
· BKSK Architects coverage [Curbed]