Topic: Landmark alteration violations — prior to purchase
Landmark alteration violations — prior to purchase
Hi Brownstoners –
My family purchased a landmarked commercial property close to 20 years ago. At the time of purchase, there were no outstanding landmark violations but the property had been altered prior to when it was designated a landmarked property in the 1940s. No major changes to the external facade have been made to the building since the time of purchase.
Now that we need approval from the DOB to open a new business, we’ve learned that the Landmark Commission wants us to restore the property to match the 1940s facade. The current facade is not an eye-sore or a deviation from the cosmetic character of the neighborhood or block. (i.e. this is not a glass and metal building on a block of brownstones). Is there anything we can do here?
Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice this community can provide.