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Amended Proposal to Rebuild Historic Gansevoort Street Includes Shorter Building

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The proposal will come in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission next week

The Landmarks Preservation Commission asked Aurora Capital Partners and William Gottlieb Real Estate to return to the drawing board after the developers presented their plan for a 21st-century Gansevoort Street to the group in February. Now, ahead of their next showing in front of the LPC, The Real Deal has gleaned some details about just how the developers have reformed their plans to remake the historic, landmarked street in the Meatpacking District.

The design for the redevelopment, which seeks to remake Gansevoort Street into a commercial and high-end office space hub, originally included demolishing 50 and 70-74 Gansevoort Street, building a new 111-foot building at 70-74 Gansevoort Street, and adding three- and four-story additions to 60-68 Gansevoort Street.

The amended proposal that will make its way in front of the LPC next week takes into account the commissioners' arguments that the proposed design was out of context for the neighborhood. According to Todd Poisson of project architect BKSK, the new plan includes reducing the proposed heigh of 70-74 Gansevoort Street to 82 feet from 111 feet, and reducing the proposed height of nos. 60-68 to 62 feet. The plan also calls for the restoration, rather than the demolition, of 50 Gansevoort Street. BKSK has also tweaked the facade materials of the proposed building at nos. 70-74.

Unsurprisingly, the plan's main foe, Save Gansevoort, doesn't think it goes far enough to preserve the street's historic character.