Congratulations to Gail Badger, a Dean in our Registered in Apartment Management program, who received a doctorate in ministry from the New York Theological Seminary this week after presenting her dissertation on Faith-Based Property Management.
The speaker for our May 22nd luncheon has been changed. We will hear from Marisa Manley, president of Health Care Real Estate Advisors, an expert in the burgeoning area of medical space leases. Call the ABO office for more details or reservations.
If you are building outside the City you have to comply with the State Energy Code and NYSBA is offering its last class on 2010 amendments to the code on Thursday, May 24th, on Staten Island. Developers, architects, and subcontractors are welcome and a variety of continuing education credits are available.
If you are building inside or outside the City you might want to know the “Top 12 Must Haves in Your 2012 Apartment Project.” NAHB is hosting a webinar on that topic at 2 p.m. May 23rd. A leading multifamily architect will discuss products, technology and unit/amenity layouts that are being used in today’s smaller units. Then a developer will discuss the financial implications of these new design elements and their impact on leasing.
You many have seen the story in the Times a few weeks ago about out-of-town lawyers bringing nuisance suits against New York owners and businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act., in order to squeeze out small settlements. In Florida, they call these drive-by lawsuits. One local owner who settled a suit against a restaurant in his building for $20,000 is now advising all his retail tenants to invest a few hundred dollars in a doorbell and portable ramp. A handicapped sign by the bell could prevent a suit in the first place, he suggested, as these lawyers are literally driving by and filing.