The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously last week to calendar a Morningside Heights Historic District. The proposed district consists of approximately 115 buildings that are primarily residential in an area bounded by West 108th and West 119th Streets and includes parts of Riverside Drive, Claremont Avenue, Broadway, and Cathedral Parkway. Calendaring is a first step toward designation, with a designation hearing to follow. Once a building or district is calendared, there are temporary protections in place to monitor changes before they are officially designated.
We have been informed that the designation hearing on the proposed district will be held sometime in November. The hearing will give community members an opportunity to express their views, culminating in a vote by the commissioners. Following a positive vote to designate by the commissioners, the City Council has the opportunity to either ratify or reject the designation.
More than 20 years ago the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee began advocating for this historic district. Needless to say, we are very excited to see the designation of a Morningside Heights Historic District moving forward. MHHDC considers this the first phase of a Historic District in Morningside Heights. We will begin the discussions for Phase II, going north from 116th street and east of Amsterdam Ave, by the end of 2017 (if not before!!).