Busy Buildings

The Buildings Department has been busy…processing new building applications three times faster through the online Development HUB than with paper applications. Now the department will attempt to expand its success by accepting Alteration 2 and 3 applications for smaller jobs.

DOB also issued final rules for the implementation of required energy audits and retrocommissioning of buildings over 50,000 square feet.  The requirements will phase in beginning with buildings that have tax blocks ending in 13 in 2013. ABO plans a major program explaining the rules at the BuildingsNY show April 24th, but it’s not too soon to identify qualified professionals under the rule to do the work. Experienced people will be in high demand and will want to review building operations in both winter and summer conditions.

DOB is also looking for a few good men or women — plumbers, electricians, property owners and managers and the like — to serve on the Electrical and Plumbing Boards. Applications should be submitted by October 26th. Any interested ABO members should contact Dan Margulies in the ABO office about representing the organization.

The Landmarks Commission created another historic district this week, this time on the lower East Side.  This is the 110th district in which the commission has limited redevelopment  and renovation since 1965, and puts the total number of properties covered by landmark designation of one kind or another over 30,000.

ABO congratulates board member Jeff Levine and Douglaston Development . The Edge in Williamsburg this week won the 2012 National Association of Home Builders Pillars of the Industry Awards in two categories:  Best High Rise Condominium Community and Best Mixed Use Community Site Plan.

Finally, please get your reservations in for our November 8th gala. We look forward to seeing you there.

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