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Washington Heights Residents Fight To Preserve 12 Historic Buildings

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Locals want a set of row houses to be a part of the Audubon Park Historic District

Washington Heights residents are working to save a set of row houses along 158th Street that date back to the 1800s, DNAinfo reports. Residents want the 12 buildings, located at 626-648 West 158th Street, to be a part of the Audubon Park Historic District, before a developer snatches up the land and builds a high rise in its place.

One of the buildings on the street — at 636 West 158th Street — was purchased last year for $1.4 million, and that has prompted a renewed effort by residents to include these buildings as part of the existing historic district.

The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission had previously decided not to include these buildings in the historic district due to a lack of resources, but an agency representative told DNAinfo that the current application is under review by the commission.

The proposal has also garnered the support of the local City Councilman, Mark Levine, and community members are presently collecting signatures to strengthen their case before the LPC.