At yesterday’s Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting, the commissioners voted to support the change in use at the Republican Club, a long-empty Richmond Hill landmark. The owners need to secure a special permit to rehabilitate the structure and open it as a catering hall. They also submitted an application to install a fence and gate around the building — the LPC ultimately said a fence could be installed only around the sides of the building and not in front because it would obscure the facade. The Republican Club, constructed in 1908, long served as a political headquarters in Queens but sat empty for years. According to the owner’s plans submitted to the LPC, the catering hall will include a dance floor, seating area, kitchen and large restaurant space. The total occupancy is for 201 people. Click through to see a rendering of the proposed fence, as well as historic photos of the property and photos of its current condition.