The developer who has owned the beleaguered condo building at 807 Park Avenue since 2004, with nary a tenant, has decided the best way to fix the jinxed building's problem is to raze it. Last night, Aion presented the Landmarks Preservation Commission with a plan to demolish the existing heavily-altered 1899 building and construct a new, taller 12-story condo building at the site. Architect Charles Platt of PBDW Architects presented the plan for the new, glassy building to the LPC and community. According to YIMBY, the community unilaterally rallied against the "wanton destruction" of one of the oldest buildings in the historic district. Despite its current landmarked status, the building received a seven-floor vertical addition in the early 1980's. The original structure stood 5 stories tall.
With Aion's earlier remakings of the building in mind, one neighbor even compared what the developer is now asking for to a child killing his parents, then saying, "Help me, I'm an orphan." That reaction might be a little over the top, especially considering the commissioners' largely positive reaction to the project.
The LPC has suggested that the architect figure out a way to incorporate the original building's facade, pictured above, into the new construction. The architect will return in front of the LPC with a revised plan at a later date.
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