Group pushes for Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider Flatbush Avenue building as an official landmark

The Astoria Federal Savings Bank building on Flatbush Avenue has been in the neighborhood for more than nine decades. Now, residents are pushing to save the building from being torn down. 
Organizers with the group Respect Brooklyn say that because it is not considered an official landmark in the city, it’s facing the risk of being demolished. 
They say the building, now vacant, contributes to the historic character of the neighborhood with its classical design and that they are hoping to save a bit of history. 
The group is calling for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider the building for designation as a New York City landmark. They say if the Landmarks Preservation Commission doesn’t act, the building could be turned into a luxury development. 
The group has a petition with more than 200 signatures. They say they have also contacted the Landmarks Preservation Commission a number of times and will continue to fight to save the building. 
News 12 has reached out to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and has not heard back yet.