Historic Red Hook building to be demolished despite community protest

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Despite efforts to save a piece of history, a Red Hook building will soon be demolished.

Crews are in the process of demolishing the Lidgerwood building. UPS bought the 19th century structure on Coffey Street last year with plans to knock it down.

Nearly 2,000 neighbors signed a petition in protest, saying it's an important part of the community's maritime history. Activists say it's disappointing to see that the building is coming down.

News 12 reached out to the local community board about the demolition and they say they have not taken a position yet on whether the building should be landmarked. But the community board chairman did send a letter to the Department of Buildings that read in part, "the community's interest is why we have asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission to evaluate whether it should be calendared for landmark designation...until LPC makes such a determination, we request that the Department of Buildings not issue any further permits that would alter the exterior, or damage the structural integrity, of 202 Coffey St."

UPS said in a statement, "Structural analysis has shown the building to be unstable and unsafe...being sensitive to the concerns of neighborhood groups, we intend to find a way to preserve the historic nature of the building."

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