Fieldston Designation gets Council hearing

Many in community testified in opposition to landmarking of Bronx neighborhood. On March 28, 2006, the City Council’s Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses Subcommittee held a hearing on the designation of the Fieldston Historic District, located in the northwestern portion of the Bronx. The 97-year-old community’s historic significance lies in its winding roads and eclectic mix of Medieval, English, Tudor, Dutch, and Mediterranean architecture. Fieldston was unanimously designated by Landmarks in January, 2006, despite strong opposition from many property owners. 3 CityLand 12 (Feb. 15, 2006).

At the hearing, Bronx Council Member Oliver Koppell spoke in favor of the designation. Residents argued in opposition that designation would take control away from property owners and dissuade young families from moving into the neighborhood. The Subcommittee is scheduled to vote on the designation on April 7, 2006. If approved, the Council’s Land Use Subcommittee could vote on April 11, 2006.

Council: Fieldston Historic District (March 28, 2006).

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