Continuing its pattern of protecting Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods, yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission began the process of extending the Park Slope Historic District. The proposed extension to the district, which already covers about 34 blocks, would expand the district significantly. Judging from the map of the existing and proposed districts, a number of properties that are proposed to be included this time around were purposefully excluded from the original district. Was this because the Landmarks Commissioners at the time didn’t deem these properties to be architecturally significant? If that was the case, then why is the district being expanded to include them now?
Now that the district has been “calendared,” the LPC will hold a public hearing at some point in the near future, where they will likely discuss the answers to these questions and more. After the hearing occurs, the commissioners will then reconvene to vote on the expansion. We’ll keep you posted as the process moves forward.