LPC rejects landmark status for West Side Tennis club stadium
by Shane Miller
May 03, 2011 | 2614 views | 1 1 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Forest Hills Times has learned that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will not approve landmark status for the iconic stadium at the West Side Tennis Club.

The stadium had suffered too much damage over the years to be considered worthy of landmark status.

The announcement is just the latest in the ongoing saga surrounding the stadium, which the club last year considered selling to developer Cord Meyer. Cord Meyer had offered to buy the 2.5-acre site for $9 million and replace the stadium with a 75-unit, market-rate condo complex and a pool.

The stadium's iconic slate-grey facade would be preserved, but not its historic tennis court, home to the U.S. Open from 1923 to 1977.The sale was ultimately rejected by the club's members.

When the potential sale was announced, elected officials in the area sought landmark status. Congressman Anthony Weiner, state and city officials sent a letter to the commission on August 11, 2010, requesting a feasibility study to determine if the stadium is eligible for landmark status. Two days later, the study was already underway.

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john sciara, babylon
May 05, 2011
How is it possible that this once great stadium is not considered a landmark. The greats of the game have all competed there and now we will have the pleasure of viewing more appartments from on ride on the LIRR. The USTA should purchase the site with some of the proceeds from the US Open. I followed Laver, Newcombe and Smith around the grounds as a child to name a few.

Let's all contact the USTA. I will....