City may allow other types of construction

New guidance suggests Department of Buildings has discretion

TRD New York /
Mar.March 30, 2020 06:30 PM
Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings

Melanie La Rocca, commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings

The city may allow more types of construction under the state’s partial ban.

In guidance issued by the Department of Buildings on Monday, the agency stated that in addition to utilities, health care facilities, homeless shelters and affordable housing, “other essential construction as approved by the Department” would be exempt from the state’s “New York on Pause” order.

Until at least April 15, employees of all non-essential businesses are prohibited from reporting to work. Initially, all construction was considered essential, but last week, the Empire State Development Corp. released new guidelines that restricted most construction types.

It’s unclear what other construction city’s buildings agency may approve. A message seeking more information wasn’t immediately returned. Starting Tuesday, however, owners and construction companies can start filing applications for their work to be considered essential.

The Department of Buildings also further defined what is considered affordable housing and thus spared from the construction ban. Multifamily projects in the city where at least 30 percent of the units are income-restricted are exempt, as are projects that are part of the city’s inclusionary housing programs (either voluntary or mandatory), according to the agency.

Many developments receive the Affordable New York tax break, formerly known as 421a. Most options available under the program call for at least 30 percent of the units to be affordable, meaning that many rental projects under construction could be considered essential.

The agency’s guidance also appears to allow work on private or multifamily buildings to address emergency conditions or to house specific populations, such as victims of domestic violence. If it is within public housing, work related to heating season is permitted.

Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
384-386 Atlantic Avenue and Compass CEO Robert Reffkin (Google Maps; Getty)

Compass used Covid-19 to get out of lease: lawsuit

Compass used Covid-19 to get out of lease: lawsuit
The FTSE Nareit All REITs index rose by 3.68 percent on Tuesday, outpacing the broader markets as the New York Stock Exchange reopened its trading floor following a two-month closure. (Getty; iStock)

REIT stocks rise as NYSE trading floor reopens

REIT stocks rise as NYSE trading floor reopens
Stephen Ross, chairman of Related Companies (Getty)

Stephen Ross to retailers: Brace yourself for bankruptcies

Stephen Ross to retailers: Brace yourself for bankruptcies
SL Green CEO Marc Holliday and the Daily News Building  at 220 East 42nd Street (Google Maps; SL Green)

SL Green sues Chetrit over $35M deposit for scuttled Daily News deal

SL Green sues Chetrit over $35M deposit for scuttled Daily News deal
(Credit: iStock)

Loophole allowed big-name landlords to get bailout funds

Loophole allowed big-name landlords to get bailout funds
The process for challenging property assessments is so antiquated, officials won’t do Zoom meetings. (iStock)

“A recipe for disaster”: Fighting property taxes in a pandemic

“A recipe for disaster”: Fighting property taxes in a pandemic
Clockwise from left: Bronx housing court at 1118 Grand Concourse, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Judge Lawrence Marks, New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street (Getty; Google Maps; Wikipedia; New York State Courts)

Attorneys find ways to “eject” tenants without Housing Court

Attorneys find ways to “eject” tenants without Housing Court
Cadillac Fairview CEO John Sullivan and the RCB Centre in Toronto (Google)

This Canadian office giant has a strategy for a return to work

This Canadian office giant has a strategy for a return to work
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...