401 West 14th Street, the home of the bistro Markt and food purveyor Western Beef, is due to get a face-lift soon. Last night, Community Board 4 tentatively approved the renovation, which includes a rooftop addition, a new canopy, windows and store infill.
Architect Richard Cook, from Cook+Fox Architetects, told the board that his design revealed a “series of layers of time,” reflecting the various historical styles in the immediate neighborhood. Unfortunately, it looks likes the Western Beef store won’t be one of those layers; the architect said that the store would probably be relocated elsewhere in the neighborhood.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will take up the proposed renovation at its meeting on Oct. 11.