Conover Designation Fails on 3-3 split vote

Following last month's confidence inspiring 6-1 vote in favor of nomination, there didn't seem to be much concern for Conover House's chances of success going into the meeting yesterday. However, things changed rather quickly when at least 20 people were seen gathered outside the boardroom in animated conversation. Scattered among them were a few representatives of Jewish Family Services who were present at the last meeting. Meaning they had called in their cavalry. This did not bode well.

JFS reps started the meeting by speaking extensively about their mission and the financial burden landmark status would put on them. These are two factors which the Landmarks Board does not and cannot take into consideration during a designation hearing. A brief summary of some facts from the nomination presentation followed plus a few largely inconsequential pieces of information that were added.