Residents, civic leaders and elected officials are coming together in an effort to have the Maspeth firehouse landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“[The firehouse] takes a very special place in our recent history,” the LPC application, filled out by Steve Fisher said. “This fire station was among the first responders to the 9/11 attacks and 19 firefighters, more than any other station, lost their lives in their attempts to save others there. This house of heroes deserves designation as a NYC landmark.”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), an avid supporter of the NYPD and FDNY, wrote a letter of support to the LPC.
“The Maspeth firehouse, housing Squad 288, has great citywide historic significance,” she said in a written statement.” It is important to preserve the building’s character for future generations so they know the legacy of service.”
Robert Holden, the president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, Ken Rudzewick, the president and CEO of the Maspeth Federal Savings bank, and Scott Leurquin, the director of development for the New York Landmarks Conservancy, have all expressed enthusiasm and support for the project.
Up next for Fisher, his sister Maxine and the others looking to landmark the station is a presentation at Community Board 5’s general board meeting in September.
“We hope it will lead to obtaining their support,” Fisher wrote.
The pair has also sent out letters to other groups and agencies seeking support and urging them to write letters of approval to Mary Beth Betts of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“Our family has deep roots in Maspeth,” Maxine Fisher’s letter reads. “The construction of the Long Island Expressway in the early 1950s afforded my younger brother a view from our store across to the firehouse and may have in some respects influenced him to become an architect.”
The Fishers were inspired to apply for the building to be landmarked after learning the Maspeth firehouse will be celebrating its centennial in 2014.
The building, located at 59-29 68 St. was home to the FDNY’s Squad 288 beginning in 1914 after moving from its original location in September 1913.
The decision to landmark the building could take months.