The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and local Community Board 7 have again failed to approve proposals to renovate and enliven an abandoned church that has been proposed as a new home for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Located on the Upper West Side at 361 Central Park West, the First Church of Christ Scientist was originally completed around 1903, then designated a New York City landmark in 1973.
361 Central Park West
A very long process has finally reached its resolution. On Thursday, the plan to convert the landmarked former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City at 361 Central Park West into condominiums was voted down by the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Yesterday, we reported on yet another delay in the over year-long process of the city deciding whether to allow a landmark former church on the Upper West Side to be converted to condominiums. Now, we can report that the developer has withdrawn the plan for 361 Central Park West. That plan initially called for 39 units, but was scaled down to 35. The structure was built in 1903 as the First Church of Christ, Scientist of New York City. It received designation as an individual landmark in 1974.
It was back in 2014 that Manhattan Community Board 7 started considering a plan to convert a landmark former Upper West Side church into condos. Now, it is February of 2016 and there is still no word on whether that conversion will go forward, its fate held in the hands of the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Will the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City at 361 Central Park West become condominiums? We still don’t know. But we do know many in the community don’t want the conversion and at least one pastor wants to preach there.