Commission nixes bulky new mansion


The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission did not approve plans to build a four-story mansion at 5241 Independence Ave. on Nov. 20.

The commission sided with Community Board 8, which voted to oppose the plan on Nov. 13. Many neighbors of the vacant lot expressed their concern about the size of the building.

At the hearing on Nov. 20, Landmarks commissioners determined the proposal needed significant design changes.

The building needs to have the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it is located within the Riverdale Historic District.

Katherine Valyi, who spoke against the size of the proposed home at Landmarks’ meeting on Nov. 20 was pleased with the outcome.

“The Historic District has been firmly injected into the public debate on this project,” Ms. Valyi wrote to her neighbors in an e-mail.