Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Daily News Picks Up Townhouse Story

This was a nice surprise:

So there's a shot 72nd Ave's charm might be saved - or at least half of it. Thanks to Michael Perlman, QueensCrap.com, and James from Councilmember Katz's office for getting involved in this.
"Lining 72nd Ave. between Austin St. and Queens Blvd., the two-story row houses are a rare throwback to the way Forest Hills was in 1906 - but a real estate agent is pitching two of the five addresses as "perfect property for a developer."

"A majority of today's developers move in fast, and seize whatever they can with minimal or no concern for the community," said preservationist Michael Perlman, 24, who fears the buildings will be altered or demolished.

Perlman and others seek a historic district that would protect the row houses' red brick and limestone facades, gargoyles and stained glass windows.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is evaluating the buildings and will decide whether to designate them within the next few weeks, said spokeswoman Lisi de Bourbon.

Time is a factor. Near the middle of the block, a large white house with four offices and 11 apartments is being offered by Massey Knakal Realty Services at about $4 million.

The sales agent for the property said he couldn't predict when negotiations would end or whether the buyer would tear down the row houses.
"Sometimes, they tell us something and they do something else," said agent Nikolay Diankov. "It's really guesswork."

Five more row houses used to be across the street, but they were demolished in recent years.