Friday, August 10, 2012
Too many historic buildings?
From The Forum:
For the last 14 years, one group has been trying to get a large section of Richmond Hill designated as a historical district, which would honor and protect the old, Victorian- style and Dutch-Colonial style homes in that neighborhood.
Ivan Mrakovcic, president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society and second Vice Chairman of Community Board 9, has been among a group of people hoping to get their district proposal approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
But Mrakovcic said that the city agency has denied the historical society’s request for that designation.
In 2005, the LPC decided that the proposed area did not meet their requirements for a historical district designation. He said that he contacted LPC again about revisiting that decision and it refused.
As for Mrakovcic, he said that the historical district proposal will be revamped and submitted again to the LPC. Although he declined to say what the changes would be, he did say that the new proposal would be smaller in hopes of boosting its chances of getting LPC’s approval.
He added that it will be a difficult decision to decide what areas will make the cut and what will be eliminated.
“It’s never easy because you see so many examples of beautiful buildings,” Mrakovcic said.