Petition: Preserve the Landmark Designation Status of the Coignet Building in Gowanus Brooklyn
Preserve the Landmark Designation Status of the Coignet Building in Gowanus Brooklyn

The developer  of the property, Whole Foods, wants to annex part of the Coignet building site so that they could build the big-box retail store on it without any consideration given to how that new structure will impose itself on the designated landmark building.

The Coignet building must be given the proper protection it currently has under the Landmarks Law. Whole Foods should comply with this law just as any owner of a landmark is required to. Whole Foods must make a proper Landmarks Public Hearing that shows just how their proposed development will relate to the Coignet Building.

If Whole Foods is allowed to alter the landmark site in order to avoid the normal Landmarks Preservation Commission review process, this will opens the way for all who want to build upon a landmarked site and avoid any LPC oversight. Maybe St Bart’s Church can request a “Whole Foods” ruling and start building that glass tower they wanted to cantilever on their landmark church site 30 years ago.

We ask that City Council not damage Landmark Law by allowing any developer to manipulate and thus avoid the law in this manner.

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Six to Celebrate

“The Gowanus has been chosen along with 5 other neighborhoods in the five boroughs by the New York Historic District Council as part of a program called ‘Six to Celebrate.’ The other neighborhoods chosen are Bedford-Stuyvesant,Jackson Heights, The Bowery, Mt. Morris Park and Inwood.

Here are the details from the New York Historic Distict Council’s website.

‘The six, chosen from applications submitted by community organizations, were selected on the basis of the architectural and historic merit of the area, the level of threat to the neighborhood, strength and willingness of the local advocates, and potential for HDC’s preservation support to be meaningful. Throughout 2011, its 40th anniversary year, HDC will work with these neighborhood partners to set and reach preservation goals through strategic planning, advocacy, outreach, programs and publicity.

‘Neighborhoods throughout New York are fighting an unseen struggle to determine their own futures. By bringing these locally-driven neighborhood preservation efforts into the spotlight, HDC hopes to focus New Yorkers’ attention on the very real threats that historic communities throughout the city are facing from indiscriminate and inappropriate development.’ said Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s Executive Director. ‘As the first list of its kind in New York, the Six to Celebrate will help raise awareness of local efforts to save neighborhoods on a citywide level.’

Read more at the Historic District Council’s website here.”

-Found in Brooklyn