Wednesday, April 4, 2007

What can be accomplished when you fight

Church officials said they sought to build the 151-foot-tall glass apartment tower to help pay for $21 million of badly needed restoration to the seminary's Gothic buildings that date back to the 1880s, but decided to withdraw the plan when they realized they were fighting a losing battle.

Chelsea Opponents Stymie Seminary Development Plan

See this article from 2005 about the building the seminary was proposing:

Seminary Seeks Commission Approval for New Building


Anonymous said...

Gee, maybe Historic Districts Council and the Sacred Sites Program at the Conversency will publicize this to the outlying communities.

Maybe they will help them to organize to fight church demolition.

Maybe I will win the lottery.

Anonymous said...

Well, again, if people are aware of what can be accomplished they can do a lot more.

Unfortunately the Manhattan-centric preservation community is not sharing this with us.

Not to worry. We can play around with LPC commissioner appointments and a BIG step in our problems can be taken care of.

Anonymous said...

They wanted to demolish a 1960s building and put up a 15 story apartment tower.

15 stories? In Manhattan? Are you INSANE?

Hilarious when a 15 story pre-war building exists across the avenue. I swear, if people in this city had their way, any building over 10 stories would be demolished and replaced with a community garden. We live in a dense city, get over it. Even New Rochelle and White Plains are getting denser, while we try to become more suburban.

Laughable. And a detriment to the growth of this city. No wonder London has essentially taken over our status as capital of the world.

I invite the author of this blog to post at

Julie said...

"Chelsea residents said they recoiled at the proposed apartment tower because it would have clashed with the historic character of their neighborhood, where city zoning regulations cap building heights at 75 feet."

A 15-story building would have been taller than the allowed 75 feet, this is an historic district, and the residents there have every right to protect the character of their neighborhood, even if the rest of Manhattan (even right across the street) is already filled with tall buidings.

Anonymous said...

Bravo for "Gay Power". Those Chelsea inhabitants have good taste and know how to fight!