CHCA Meeting Minutes: April 2013

APRIL 16, 2013


President Even Hill opens meeting with introduction of board members

Summary and wrap up of Town Hall meeting in March


New York Landmarks Conservancy (NYLC) – Blair

Historic Districts Council – Frampton

Crown Heights North Association – Debora

Introduction to NY Landmarks Conservancy

Introduction to Historic Districts Council

CHCA presentation on historically significant buildings in the neighborhood and an overview of the CHCA landmarking process to date.

– First landmarking informational meeting held in 2008.

– Landmarking discussions continued at monthly CHCA meetings.

– Second informational meeting held in 2009.

– In 2012 formal landmarking proposal made

Presentation on buildings of note in the community.

Questions from the community:

Would landmarking encourage people to sell their properties, allowing the new owners to change the building?

– Once a building is landmarked, it’s landmarked in perpetuity. Even if the building is sold, it remains landmarks.

Does landmarking increase the costs of making changes to buildings?

– It can, depending on the changes you’re making. But there are groups that provide incentives, grants, and loans for renovations on landmarked buildings.

What’s the process for doing exterior changes on a landmarked buildings?

– Process of exterior changes – submit a one-page request for a permit. Most permits are submitted within a week’s time.

Could the cost of landmarking be passed down to renters?

– There are tax incentives for landmarking programs (J-51), which can prevent the any costs from trickling down to renters.

Does landmarking prevent buildings from being taken by the city as eminent domain?

– Landmarking makes it much more difficult for buildings to be taken by eminent domain.

Does landmarking only concern the front of the building?

– Landmarks regulates the full exterior: front, back, side, roof. The rear of the building is regulated much more loosely.

What if you have already made modern changes to a building, would you have to change them back once it was landmarked?

– When a building is landmarked, everything already done to the building is grandfathered in.


Zoning is a set of regulations governing the size and shape of new construction as well as the use of a property.

Goals of the rezoning study:

– Maintain the existing scale and character of the neighborhood

– Create incentives for development of affordable housing

– March commercial zoning to retail character

Rezoning Proposal:

– Establishes height limits for the entire rezoning area that would facilitate context sensitive development.

– Identifies areas that can accommodate modest growth for application of Inclusionary Housing Program.

– Updates existing commercial zoning to match underlying land use and lot configuration.