From the Daily News:
The Castle on the Concourse will face the wrecking ball — even though the city Landmarks Preservation Commission tried its best to save it.
Panel members said Tuesday they did not agree with the city’s plan to tear down the old Public School 31 building on the Grand Concourse in Mott Haven, but they could not stand in the way.
“It’s distressing,” Robert Tierney, the commission’s chairman, said at the hearing. “I do not see a solution. Right now, our options are severely limited.”
His fellow board member, Elizabeth Ryan, agreed.
“From a community point of view and an architectural point of view, I cannot condone this demolition,” she said.
Despite their reservations, they were unable to save the shuttered 114-year-old Gothic-style academy.
The Department of Buildings’ emergency order to wreck the structure, issued on Nov. 8, overrides the Commission’s advisory report.
City officials said Tuesday that the building was a public danger and would cost too much to shore up.