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The City Council is considering a bill that would revamp the landmarking process at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The LPC is the city agency responsible for identifying and designating the city's landmarks and the buildings in the city's historic districts, as well as regulating any alterations to previously designated buildings. The LPC has recently come under fire by NYC residents trying to save the building at 2 Columbus Circle, which was recently sold to the Museum of Arts and Design, who intend to cover the existing white marble exterior with in terra-cotta tiles.

The proposed bill would require a public hearing on any building that has been determined eligible for listing on the state register of historic places and allow the City Council to demand such a public hearing at LPC upon a majority vote by the council. Sponsored by Councilman Bill Perkins from upper Manhattan, one of the goals of this local law is to make the Landmarks Process more transparent to the general public and "to shed light on how we do business in the city, particularly in terms of landmarking." Opponents of the bill such as Mark A. Silberman, LPC General Counsel, contended that the law was inconsistent, appearing "to require a public hearing only for individual landmarks, not historic districts, interior landmarks or scenic landmarks."

You can find a copy of the proposed text here. For more information about the existing Landmarking process look here.