Meenakshi Srinivasan Resigns as Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Photo of Meenakshi Srinivasan via LPC, Greenpoint Historic District by Susan De Vries


    Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan will be resigning from her position, according to the Times Ledger in Queens, who broke the story.

    The LPC has yet to release an official statement.

    “The Chair’s resignation is an opportunity to get us back on the path towards truly valuing the special qualities which make our city so distinctive and wonderful, which includes preserving and protecting its history,” said Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, in a written statement.

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    70 Henry Street in January 2018. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Preservationists outraged by recent LPC decisions have complained the group is not doing its job, claiming the proposed rules changes will decrease transparency at the LPC and allow unacceptable alterations, such as the demolition of historic windows in historic districts.

    In March, two dozen neighborhood groups have signed onto a letter calling for the replacement of the Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan and halting the proposed rules changes.

    Late last week, preservation groups across New York City signed a joint letter requesting that the Landmarks Preservation Commission withdraw their proposed rules amendments.

    According to Crain’s, Srinivasan’s last day will be June 1.

    Update: The LPC has released a statement. “I am proud of what we have accomplished – promoting equity, diversity, efficiency and transparency in all aspects of LPC’s work, and working with the administration to make preservation a critical part of the city’s planning process,” Srinivasan said in the statement. “It’s been an intense, challenging, and incredibly rewarding experience.”

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