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Take four: Chipperfield finally wins go-ahead for NY scheme

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David Chipperfield Architects has won permission for a residential block in New York’s Greenwich Village – at the fourth attempt

Last week, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to approve the six-storey building in Jane Street containing seven apartments in the city’s protected historic district.

The plans were revised for a third time after being rejected in January following vehement objections from conservation groups.

Chipperfield’s latest proposals were approved following amendments including the addition of detail and articulation on the windows and entrance. In addition, penthouse roofs have been lowered to reduce their visibility.

However, the changes were not enough to satisfy the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which opposed the scheme.

In a statement, the society said: ‘In spite of our disappointment with the LPC’s decision, [the society] thanks everyone who wrote to the LPC, turned out for meetings, and otherwise participated in the landmarks review public process, which did make a difference.

’Had it not been for landmarking, we might have seen a much taller and even more inappropriately designed building on this site, with no public input whatsoever.

‘And had we not pushed back and engaged in the public review process before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, earlier larger and even more out-of-place versions of the design might have been approved.’

The building, proposed by developer Edward Minskoff, was designed by the British architect along with Ward Dennis of new New York heritage consulting firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners.

Chipperfield declined to comment.

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