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3 Harlem Buildings Closer to Being Landmarks, 2 Buildings Rejected

By Gustavo Solis | February 24, 2016 10:12am
 This church on East 117th Street was cleared to become a landmark Tuesday. The small rectory next to it was not.
This church on East 117th Street was cleared to become a landmark Tuesday. The small rectory next to it was not.
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HARLEM — Two churches and a YMCA building are one step closer to becoming landmarks.

The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission took a major step in clearing the backlog of 95 sites that had been up for landmark status Tuesday during a public hearing. Many of the sites had spent decades in landmark limbo, according to the LPC.

“Our actions today represent an important step in addressing this backlog,” said chair Meenakshi Srinivasan in a statement.

In Harlem three sites were selected to be prioritized for landmark designation.

They include the St. Joseph’s Church on 403 West 125th St., St. Paul’s Church on 121 E. 117th St., and the YMCA building on 181 W. 135th St.

Two sites were removed from the calendar but can be placed back in should “new information or historical interest in them arise,” according to the LPC.

Those sites are St. Paul’s Rectory on 113 E. 117th St., and the Yuengling Brewery Complex on Amsterdam and 128th Street.

The owners of the brewery complex have already filed plans to demolish part of the complex and replace it with a 12-story mixed-use building.

Demolition permits were filed last September and the new building application was filed Feb.16, one week before the LPC hearing, records show.

The proposed building will be 194-foot tall building with retail on the first floor and medical facilities and offices on the other floors.