Council votes to require inspections for self-closing doors in residential buildings
City Hall, New York – Today the Council passed legislation requiring inspections for self-closing doors in residential buildings. This is an additional fire safety measure to prevent tragic fires, complementing the recent legislative package adopted at the official meeting on May 19 and signed into law yesterday. Altogether, the bills passed by the Council aim to improve fire safety in New York City residences, following the tragic fire at Twin Parks on January 9 in the Bronx.
“In the wake of the tragedy at the Twin Parks North West apartment building in the Bronx, it is imperative that we continue to take meaningful and impactful action to protect the lives of all New Yorkers,” said Speaker Adrienne Adams. “Strengthening self-closing door inspection processes will save lives, especially in high-risk buildings. I thank Councilman Williams for advancing this legislation and Presidents Feliz, Sanchez, and Ariola for their leadership on fire safety.
Presentation 208-ASponsored by Council Member Nantasha Williams, aims to improve self-closing door inspection processes and increase instances where self-closing doors and non-compliance with other fire safety laws could be identified, by requiring the Department of Preservation and Housing Development (HPD) and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to share data regarding fire safety violations, and for each agency to use this data to better inform their fire safety inspection protocols. buildings. This bill also requires HPD to take a more proactive role in inspecting the compliance of self-closing doors. Each year, HPD is expected to select 300 buildings for inspection, with the aim of targeting high-risk buildings, such as Twin Parks.
“Residents deserve to live in buildings that take measures for safety and security,” said Advice Member Nantasha Williams. “I am proud to be the sponsor of Int Bill 208-A, which will require landlords to maintain self-closing doors on all residential floors and to post fire safety notices in residential buildings. This bill will reassure families and ensure that landlords are held accountable for the safety of their tenants. I want to thank President Adams for her leadership and my colleagues on City Council, those who signed on to sponsor this bill.
1930, avenue de l’Adée – Centerland Realty LLC requests a Zoning Map Amendment to rezone 1930, 1946, 1948, and 1950 Adee Avenue from an R4 zoning district to an R6B zoning district, as well as a Zoning Text Amendment to amend the Schedule Zoning Resolution F: Designated and Mandatory Areas for Inclusive Housing Inclusive Housing Zones, for Bronx Community District 12, to establish the proposed project area as a mandatory inclusive housing area using the option 1 and Option 2. These actions will facilitate the modification and use of the existing building located at 1930 Adee Avenue, as a Group 3 Community Facility use as a preschool/daycare center, in the council member’s district Kevin Riley.
Rezoning of 840 Lorimer Street – Zucker Enterprises LLC is requesting a proposed zoning map change to rezone the southern portion of the block between Nassau Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street from M1-2/R6 and R6A/C2-4 to C4-5D, and related zoning text changes to Designate a Mandatory Inclusive Housing Zone, Options 1 and 2, on Schedule F of the Zoning Resolution. These actions would facilitate the proposed redevelopment of 840 Lorimer Street into a ten-story mixed-use building with 74 units, 26 of which would be affordable, in council member Lincoln Restler’s neighborhood.
Rezoning of 103 Lee Avenue – Sbeny Holdings LLC, requests a Proposed Zoning Map Amendment to rezone the area at the intersection of Lee Avenue, Keap Street and Williamsburg Street East from R6 and R6/C1-3 to R7X/C2-4, and amendments Related Zoning Text to Designate a Mandatory Inclusive Housing Zone, Options 1 and 2, on Schedule F of the Zoning Resolution. These actions would facilitate the development of an eight-storey mixed-use residential and commercial building. It will include 52 housing units, 16 affordable housing units and 15 underground parking spaces. Council amends the proposal to remove the 100 Lee Avenue site from the rezoning area to avoid inducing the direct displacement of the many small retail and neighborhood service businesses currently located on this site, in Councilman Lincoln Restler’s district.
146-93 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard Rezoning – Ranbir LLC is proposing a zoning map amendment to rezone the proposed project area from an R3-2 zoning district to an R6A/C2-2 zoning district. The Applicant is also requesting a Zoning Text Map Amendment to amend Schedule F of the ZR: Designated Areas of Inclusive Housing for Queens Community District 13, to establish the proposed project area as an MIH Designated Area. . The proposal would facilitate the construction of a new eight-storey building with local commercial space on the first floor. Council is amending the zoning map change from an R6A district to an R5B district and reducing the proposed rezoning area to better reflect the surrounding community character of small single and two family homes. The proposed C2-2 commercial overlay will remain in place across the entire block to bring existing businesses into zoning compliance, at Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers‘ district.
One45/Civil Rights Museum – Those claims, for property located in council member Kristin Richardson Jordan’s district, have been withdrawn.
Presentation 103Sponsored by Brannan Council Member, authorizes an increase in the amount to be expended annually in the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District, an extension of the boundaries of that district, a change in the method of assessment on which the district fee in that district is based, and an increase the maximum total amount to be spent on improvements in that district. This bill would also provide for the dissolution of the One Hundred and Sixty-fifth Mall Special Assessment District and the dissolution of the Jamaica Center Mall Special Assessment District, which would merge with the Sutphin Blvd BID.
Resolution 191 establishes the discount rate for the prepayment of property taxes. The Board voted on setting the discount rate for prepayment of property taxes, as recommended by the Banking Commissioner, at half a percent per annum for the 2023 financial year.
RULES, PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Resolution 204-2022 allows the Council and its committees to use videoconferencing to hold public meetings, provided that a quorum is physically present in the same place open to the public. He is making sure the Council complies with the state’s changes to the Open Meetings Act in April of this year. This will virtually require Council meetings to be attended in person, unless a member needs to join virtually for an authorized reason, and open to be attended in person by the public. The meetings will allow for hybrid audience participation, allowing the use of video conferencing. The resolution also allows the president to make rulings pursuant to the state’s open meeting law during a state disaster emergency declared by the governor or a local emergency declared by the mayor to suspend all in-person attendance requirements.