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419-421 Broadway rendering (Morris Adjmi Architects via the LPC) 419-421 Broadway rendering (Morris Adjmi Architects via the LPC)
Morris Adjmi’s newest building will not be rising on the corner of Broadway and Canal Street, at least for now. The Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled that no action will be taken today on a new commercial building developed by United American Land at 419-421 Broadway. The proposed building would rise eight stories on the site of former one- and two-story commercial buildings. It would feature windows of different sizes, thin columns to allow light and openings, loggias on the top, and decorative sliced panels. Local residents and representatives from Community Board 2, Soho Alliance, Historic Districts Council, and Smith-Miller & Hawkinson Architects (located two doors down from the proposed building) expressed concern about the scale and character of the building in relation to the surrounding neighborhood.
 
 
 
 
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A consultant from Higgins Quasebarth & Partners spoke on Mr. Adjmi’s behalf and pointed out buildings of similar height that were approved on Broadway; nevertheless, Mr. Adjmi was encouraged to return and discuss the building in the context of both Broadway and Canal Street. Commissioners noted that the right proportions would complete the building and that even bringing down ceiling heights as few as three feet each would make a significant difference. Moreover, a modified Federal style building at 423 Broadway was also included in the application and would be restored pursuant to Section 74-711; commissioners had no objections to this.
Rendering of 419-421 and 423 Broadway (Morris Adjmi Architects via LPC)

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