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Statement from AIANY Regarding Intro 775

AIANY brought together all AIANYC chapters, from Staten Island to the Bronx, to jointly issue a statement critical of Intro 775’s impact on our communal architectural history

“The architects of New York applaud Intro 775’s intention to make the designation process more efficient, consistent, and predictable, and recognize that real estate development and construction contribute greatly to the economy of our city. However, we believe some of the provisions will have grave and unintended consequences that will hinder the Landmarks Commission from properly upholding its mission.

LPC plays an essential role in ensuring the quality and character of our physical city. The bill, as written, will compromise our City’s seminal Landmarks Law that so greatly contributes to the uniqueness of our urban realm, gives definition to communities, and increases the value of real estate.

We understand the Council’s desire to focus on the protocols of the LPC, but we would prefer the LPC propose and adopt its own reforms. If legislative action is inevitable, we urge the bill sponsors to consider our proposed changes, which would strike a balance between efficiency and preserving architectural heritage.”

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Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include more than 5,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. www.aiany.org

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