Kavanagh and Duane Request Meeting with SHPO Regarding Bellevue Landmarking

December 22, 2009

In a letter dated December 22, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Tom Duane addressed State Historic and Preservation Organization (SHPO) Director Ruth Pierpont about the potential eligibility of the former Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital Building to attain National and State Historic Landmark status. Nine other elected officials whose districts include or are in close proximity to the building’s location on 1st Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets also signed onto the letter.

As the State officials representing the facility, Kavanagh and Duane highlighted the current efforts of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) to comply with the 197-a plan of Community Board 6, approved by the City in 2008, and to cooperate with community advocates and elected officials in their aim to incorporate community service providers into future plans for the building. In meeting with SHPO, the officials will seek to discuss the framework in which reconstruction of the building can occur while retaining its eligibility for landmark status and the resultant tax breaks.