Landmark Preservation Commission launches business initiative

New York’s Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) has launched a Business Express initiative that will serve as a one-stop-shop for business owners in landmark buildings.

This initiative will make it easier for business owners to obtain permits in iconic buildings and also supports Mayor Adams’ effort to “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent the Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery.”

The LPC Business Express service – launching August 3 – also includes a dedicated hotline and a team of curators who will offer pre-application consultation to support businesses and business owners operating in the storefronts of designated historic buildings and districts in the city.

“New York City businesses are the backbone of our economy, so we need to use every tool in our toolbox to make sure they can operate successfully,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams, in a statement Aug. 3. “This initiative will provide our business owners with the resources they need to process requests more efficiently and help them continue to thrive in the city’s landmarks and historic districts.

As part of the launch of LPC Business Express, staff members will be hosting virtual business hours for any business owner or representative who has questions or needs assistance throughout the summer and winter. fall.

The first Open Office Hour session will take place on August 18 from 2-4 p.m. via Zoom. Sign-up sheets for Open Office Hours sessions will be posted on the LPC Business Express service page and on the Open Office Hours page.

“Our city could not function without the restaurants, retail stores and office services that our businesses provide,” said council member Farah Louis, chair of the landmarks, public sites and provisions subcommittee. . “The people who work hard and make sure these functions exist need answers fast for their permits. I commend the Landmarks Preservation Commission for expediting applications for these business owners, which will help them operate at full capacity. Helping our businesses is a win for all New Yorkers.

This new initiative aims to ensure that businesses continue to obtain the resources they need to survive economically, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it will serve as a guide for business owners who may need help navigating the application process for certain landmark permits.

“Just as landmark regulations reinforce the cohesion and distinctiveness of historic neighborhoods, each business that opens or renovates its storefront in a historic neighborhood adds an important new chapter to the ongoing story of its community,” said said Matthew Bauer, president of Madison Avenue. BID “With LPC’s new Business Express service, it will be easier and more efficient than ever for businesses to ‘get things done’ as they will have a personalized roadmap and guide to meet the demands of preservation of their projects.”

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