Sisters of Mercy: First and Last and, Hopefully, Always*

On the heels of the news that the Sisters of Mercy Convent at 265 Willoughby Avenue would be closing its doors after 146 years, we touched based with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to see what the chances were of it receiving landmark status. Given the possibility that the property could be sold to a developer, the issue has some urgency. Unfortunately, the convent lies outside the boundaries of the original Clinton Hill Historic District. It is, however, mentioned as an addendum to the 70-page survey drafted on behalf of the Society for Clinton Hill that recommends expanding the historic district boundaries and increasing the number of protected buildings from 884 to 1,155 as well as designating five individual landmarks. LPC tells us that it will begin a survey—the first step in the landmarking process—of the proposed extension this month with an eye to completing it this spring. Fingers crossed.
Willoughby Convent Closing, Future Uncertain [Brownstoner] GMAP P*Shark
FG/CH Historic District Extensions: The Big Picture [Brownstoner]
Proposed Individual Landmarks in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
*Since most people won't get it, here's the reference.

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