Landmarks Commission Announces Plan to Deal With Backlog of Proposed Landmarks


    Holy Trinity Cathedral/Ukranian Church in Exile in Williamsburg. Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission announced a revised plan on Wednesday to deal with its backlog of 95 proposed sites dating from before 2010. As readers will recall, seven of these potential landmarks are located in Brooklyn. The agency said:

    The plan includes three phases: (1) a Public Review Period; (2) Special Hearings dedicated to Backlog Items; and (3) Public Meetings for Commission Decisions. The Commission projects that the backlog of calendared items, most of which date to the 1960s and 70s, will be resolved by the end of 2016.

    The effort is part of Landmarks Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan’s attempt to remake the agency to be more efficient. “We have received considerable feedback, and have formulated a plan that will ensure fairness and transparency, while allowing significant public input,” she said in a prepared statement.



    Landmarks Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan at left via City LandLady Moody-Van Sicklen House at 27 Gravesend Neck Road at top right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark; St. Augustine’s R.C. Church and Rectory at 116-130 6th Avenue at bottom right by Suzanne Spellen

    The LPC has put 15,000 pages of its files as well as maps and other materials online where the public can view them — part of a new effort to be more transparent. The public review period will last for three months.

    Four special hearings are scheduled for October 8, October 22, November 5, and November 12.

    To read more about the process, go here.

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