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LPC news: Sarah Carroll appointed as chair and a public hearing on revised rules October 16

October 17, 2018

On September 26, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Sarah Carroll will fill the role of LPC Chair, which has been vacant since April when the previous chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan, resigned after continuous public outcry over a controversial rules change proposal. Carroll is a preservationist by training and has worked for the LPC for 24 years, including as its Executive Director, and her appointment was welcomed by preservation groups around the city.

As for the proposed rule changes, LPC staff have made revisions based on the public comments that were received. The new proposed rules can be viewed HERE and a document showing all of the changes that have been made can be found HERE. A public hearing was held October 16 on the newly revised rules. DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State Board President John Arbuckle provided testimony at the March hearing on rule changes that would be of particular negative impact on Modern buildings within historic districts. DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s concerns were adequately addressed in the revised version of the rules currently under public review so no further testimony was delivered. Additional background on the process, including presentations from the LPC, can be found HERE.