Archive for the ‘Construction Sites’ Category

A Review of Ideas to Revive the Market

Eldad Gothelf, LEED AP Urban Planner, Herrick's Land Use Group | November 3, 2009 in Construction Sites,Financing | Comments (12)

The Real Deal has published an article that looks at 8 ideas (4 good, 4 bad) whose goal is to get the NYC real estate world back on its feet.

Some notables in the good ideas column: (more…)

Stalled Buildings Bill – Jumpstarted!

Eldad Gothelf, LEED AP Urban Planner, Herrick's Land Use Group | October 16, 2009 in Construction Sites,Department of Buildings,Legislation,Safety | Comments (4)

The City Council has unanimously approved the ‘Stalled Buildings Bill’.  Earlier this week, we covered the basics behind the bill.  The hundreds of stalled sites throughout the City can now enter the program and ensure, for the time being, that they can retain their permits (potentially vesting them under the old building code, the current zoning, and preventing possible landmarking issues).

On Wednesday, the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings unanimously approved the bill, sending it to the full Council.  Before voting on it, however, they made some amendments to the bill.  While it will not be easy or cheap to participate (and remain in good standing) in the stalled sites program, the benefits to developers, property owners, and their lenders is huge.  The City Council’s move to create this program will go a long way towards addressing community concerns surrounding the safety of stalled construction sites while also providing a major benefit to developers during the down market.

The updated bill – 1015A – now has a detailed list of what needs to be included in the maintenance and safety plan.  (more…)

Stalling for Time: ‘Stalled Buildings Bill’ Soon to be Law?

Eldad Gothelf, LEED AP Urban Planner, Herrick's Land Use Group | October 13, 2009 in Construction Sites,Legislation,Safety | Comments (1)

In June, a bill was introduced in the City Council that aims to address the numerous stalled construction sites dotting the City’s landscape. The bill would give developers an opportunity to extend their building permits for up to 4 years, if they enter a site safety and maintenance program.