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ACNY Provides Commentary on Predominantly Built-Up Area Bulletin

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ACNY Provides Commentary on Predominantly Built-Up Area Bulletin

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2011-11-07 16:38:27

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Keith Lucas



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                                                                                    October 7, 2011         





Mr. James Colgate, RA Esq

Assistant Commissioner

NYC Department of Buildings

280 Broadway-7th Floor

New York, New York 10007

 Re: Predominantly Built Up Area Bulletin


Dear Assistant Commissioner Colgate,


The Architects Council of New York feels that the proposed Buildings Bulletin Draft to clarify the applicability of PBU regulations for existing residential buildings is very good for alterations to older buildings using the PBU allowances.

It basically will allow older buildings (pre-1973) to take advantage of the increased FAR and lot coverage allowed in this area, even though it may not comply with current front yard or height requirements that apply to PBU.

We wouldthat a ‘master list’ of properties which have successfully proved their PBU status should be maintained by DOB or DCP for future reference.

It is certainly a step in the right direction to provide more flexibility in altering buildings in PBU areas and the Council supports this proposed legislation.

                        Very truly yours,

                        Don Weston – Chair

                        Zoning Committee

                        Architects Council of NYC