This afternoon the Landmarks Preservation Commission fast-tracked the approval of the East 10th Street Historic District (the block between Avenue a and Avenue B on the northern boundary of Tompkins Square Park). Just before a unanimous vote, LPC Chair Robert Tierney said the “expedited” decision was very unusual but that the Commission felt compelled to move quickly due to the actions of developer Ben Shaoul.
But it appears the commission did not act swiftly enough. As EV Grieve first reported Shaoul, who owns 315 East 10th Street, filed a Buildings Department permit to add a fifth floor to the historic structure. That permit was approved by the DOB today. Once a building permit is issued, there’s not much that can be done to halt building alterations.