Bushwick community in outrage after historic house is set to be torn down

Community members in Bushwick say they are outraged after learning a historic house is in the middle of being torn down.

News 12 Staff

Dec 3, 2020, 3:58 PM

Updated 1,271 days ago

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Community members in Bushwick say they are outraged after learning a historic house is in the middle of being torn down. 
A green construction fence is up at the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Grove Street. The architecture dates to more than 120 years, and community members are not happy about the demolition. 
They say it is one of the hundreds of structures along a corridor they want to be designated as a historic landmark. 
They say new construction around the neighborhood is making it more costly for long-time residents. 
"This is not affordable. this is not for us. we're getting priced out and pushed out of our own communities when we've been here for so many years,” a community member tells News 12. 
In the past, the community has presented the city with a plan that included three historic districts--including the Bushwick Avenue corridor, but the plans were never approved. 
The corner is set to look very different in a few years, and community members are hoping the Landmarks Preservation Commission will step in and designate the area a historic district before more buildings come down. 
News 12 has reached out to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and it said in a statement, "LPC has conducted several surveys of Bushwick to identify potential individual landmarks and historic districts and continues to study the area. In our review of this part of Bushwick Avenue, staff found that it lacks the consistency and intact historic character necessary for it to merit historic district designation. LPC will continue to study the neighborhood for preservation opportunities.”


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