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Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to nominate an urban planner to guide the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as the 49-year-old agency attempts to balance the mayor's pro-development agenda with its mandate of preserving New York's built history.
The mayor has chosen Meenakshi Srinivasan, who for the last decade has been chairwoman of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, an agency that makes often highly technical decisions about granting exemptions to zoning for individual lots, according to city officials. Ms. Srinivasan also spent 14 years at the Department of City Planning.
The nomination is set to be announced Friday. It still needs City Council approval.
The selection of Ms. Srinivasan signals a desire by the administration to have the commission be more in tune with planning concerns. That includes the mayor's pledge to promote new development around the city as a way to create both affordable housing and jobs.
Ms. Srinivasan, a native of India, is an architect.