Landmarks Commission Approves East 10th Street Historic District, Apparently Too Late For One Endangered Building

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.

Landmarks Commission Scheduled to Vote on East 10th Street Proposal Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on the proposed East 10th Street Historic District. Preservation activists, including Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, say the hearing has gained new urgency. Here’s the email blast Berman sent on Friday:

The scheduled hearing and vote comes after the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and fellow community groups alerted the LPC to an attempt by notorious East Village developer Ben Shaoul to secure buildings permits to build on top of one of the buildings in the heart of the virtually untouched, one-block long proposed historic district along Tompkins Square North.