National Trust Pushes Back on New York State About Penn Station Improvement Project

February 22, 2023 by The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Earlier in 2022, the National Trust wrote in opposition to New York State’s Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Improvement Project—an effort to demolish eight National Register-eligible buildings and build 10 towers totaling over 18 million square feet.

While we and our partners, New York Landmarks Conservancy and Preservation League of New York State, agree that Penn Station needs major improvements, we disagree with New York State designating the surrounding area as “blighted.” With numerous irreplaceable historic resources and significant commercial and business activity, the area is not blighted by any reasonable definition, and we continue to urge better, more thoughtful solutions that combine historic rehabilitation and possibly new construction.

The amicus brief was filed on February 21, 2023. It can be downloaded with full citations here.

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