Monday, December 1, 2008
The NY Times has an interesting story about the efforts of property owners and developers to destroy or alter a property to avoid landmarks demolition. An excerpt:
The strategy has become wearyingly familiar to preservationists. A property owner — in this case Sylgar Properties, which was under contract to sell the site to Related — is notified by the landmarks commission that its building or the neighborhood is being considered for landmark status. The owner then rushes to obtain a demolition or stripping permit from the city’s Department of Buildings so that notable qualities can be removed, rendering the structure unworthy of protection.
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