Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A letter to Tom Duane

Senator Duane:

Forgive my brief intrusion into your schedule, but if I may take a few minutes of your time today, I wish to ask you if you would lend your political support to a matter that is currently before the NYC Zoning Council.

As you may be aware, the owners of the historical Hotel Pennsylvania have filed with the city paperwork to have the current site of the hotel rezoned. Located partly within a C6-6 zoning district and partly within a C6-4.5 and is also partially located within the Penn Center Sub district of the Special Midtown District.

Vornado wants to rezone the spot to allow the construction of Single Tenant Office Scenario and/or a Multi-Tenant Office Scenario. Either of these scenarios would require the demolition of the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Numerous RFE have been submitted to the LPC, with the majority backing of CB5, as well as the HDC, and Assemblyman Gottfried. So far all have been denied for consideration. To sum it up Senator, this hotel should have been preserved years ago when the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished back in the mid 1960's. I ask that you please lend your support to aid us and help by letting the city council know that we the citizens do care about our neighborhood, and the Hotel.

Senator I thank you for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.


Gregory Jones
Save The Hotel Pennsylvania Foundation