Breaking! City Council Passes 25-foot Limit to Uncounted Mechanical Void Spaces

As reported in Crain’s New York Business, the City Council has voted today to approve a zoning text amendment that will limit uncounted mechanical void space to 25 feet in new developments in Manhattan’s residential neighborhoods.

This new regulation is a small but significant step in the right direction towards closing the zoning loopholes that undercut predictability in new residential developments in Manhattan. FRIENDS would like to thank our hardworking elected officials Council Member Ben Kallos and Borough President Gale Brewer as well as our civic colleagues and fellow neighborhood advocates for their tireless advocacy on this issue.

Stay tuned for updates as more information is released.

Read More:
  1. Proposed Text of DCP Amendment, April 10, 2019
  2. FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Advocacy Alert, April 8, 2019
  3. Summary of the proposal, with a map of impacted areas, prepared by Council Member Ben Kallos
  4. “City Council passes crackdown on mechanical voids,” by Will Bredderman, Crain’s New York Business, May 29, 2019
  5. No a-voiding this loophole: How to stop unexpected towers,” by Rachel Levy, Crain’s New York Business, April 8, 2019.
  6. “City overwhelmingly votes to close mechanical void loophole,” by Caroline Spivak, Curbed New York, April 10, 2019.
DCP void graphic

DCP void graphic