Building Code Overhaul
April 6th, 2007
New York City will soon get a revamped building code, something that hasn’t happened since 1968, according to an article in the New York Sun. “The new code, drafted with the help of more than 400 industry figures – including architects, real estate developers, engineers, government officials, and union representatives – will be presented to the City Council later this month,” the Sun writes.
The new document is already stirring controversy. The Real Estate Board of New York is predicting that the new code could lead to increase the cost of building. Some 9/11 victim’s families groups have been lobbying for more stringent safety requirements. And many City Council members and neighborhood groups want more stringent regulations to curb overdevelopment in residential areas.
Given the rash of recent building collapses – in Soho, Chelsea, Harlem, and the Bronx so far this year – the new code may be coming just in time. The real estate blog Curbed has even set up a “building collapse betting pool.”By Mark Berkey-Gerard on April 6, 2007, 4:46 pm
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