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Zoning June 29, 2014 at 1:54 am

2 Fam C of O vs R2 (single family) zoning – who wins?

What governs the legal usage of a building: zoning, C of O, or tax classification when these three docs are inconsistent?

I recently viewed a BK brownstone that has:
- Zoning: R2 (single family)
- C of O: 2 family (issued in 1958, so post-construction mod)
- Tax status: A5 1-Family Dwelling
(Have personally reviewed docs online to confirm this).

The building is currently configured as a parlor + first floor duplex over a garden one-bedroom apartment; each unit has a separate entrance to the street, separate kitchen with stove, and full bath.

What would the legal usage be?

Zoning May 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Is it possible to get a veriance on ZR23- 851

I received an DOB objection because:

ZR23- 851
Proposed inner court is contrary in that it shall be no less than 1200 sft and minimum dimension shall be no less than 30 feet.
 is there any posibility to get a veriance on this?

Zoning March 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

Renovating a 2 family in M1-2 zone

I am thinking about purchasing a 2 family home that is in a M1-M2 zone. There is no c of o–how easy will it be to get a variance to do a major renovation. I would like to increase the building size — there is plenty of FAR available.

Zoning March 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Using My house as an Event Space

I have a large place in Prospect Heights, and would like to rent it out on occasion for small venues such as weddings, engagement parties, etc. I do not have a commercial grade kitchen, but access to a professional chef who has a food handlers license. Is anyone aware of insurance issues, food prep issues I would need to know? Is this possible to do? Thanks.

Zoning October 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

Protest the Lightstone Development

Hopefully something cool will be built along the Gowanus one day. But the Lightstone Development (http://nyti.ms/Ol6gyL) is not it. The massive complex is premature (as the Superfund clean-up is just starting), anti-Democratic (as the developer is circumventing the normal approval process that has community input) and may not be the best idea (as the NY state climate change task force says its too costly for taxpayers to support new developments in coastal zones.) Not to mention that local schools are already bursting at the seams with trailer classrooms in schoolyards and the F train is crammed full to the doors. And for all of you who dig the vibe in Carroll Park, those two new towers won’t fit in nicely with our skyline.
Please take a moment to sign this petition that will be presented to the Community Board in advance of its meeting Wednesday night: 

http://www.savegowanus.org/petition

 
Really trying to reach all who live in the 11201, 11231, 11215, 11217 (though any Brooklyner should sign because neighborhood-altering development may be coming to your block next.) 
 
 
 
 
 

Zoning October 9, 2012 at 12:23 am
Zoning October 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Townhouse design

Can someone recommend a designer to help sketch the design of a new building/townhouse? The idea is to draw within constraints of zoning and to scale. I am looking for a modern rendition of a historic brick townhouse.

Zoning August 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

New Contruction covered up side of my brownstown and all windows

Hello Everyone,
Im new to this very informative forum and I have a question regarding steps to procede with my issues. Three years ago the side of my brownstone had a view on all 4 floors to the outside. Now a new construction townhouse came up and covered all windows up to the half of the 4th floor window. The new building was built right up to the side of my home leaving no gap. Years ago there was a building instead of the emptly lot (which is now the new constructon) that was condemed but I always had a 4 foot space between me and my neighbor. Now I have issues of cracks on the side of my building, water leaking into 3rd floor window  that developed after the construction. Not to mention that during the construction, they were digging a basement and didnt prep my side of the building after they dug up the dirt. They only built up cylinder blocks all the way to the top. Is there anything that can be done as far as recourse? Can the new landlord be resposible for my cracks?

Thank you
Roberto

Zoning August 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Front porch with roof for my house

Hi, I am looking to add a front porch approx. 4′x10′ outside of my front entrance.  Is it legal to add a roof to the porch, I am not sure.  Any advise?  Thanks.

Zoning May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Spa in cellar legal?

Currently, I have a spa on the ground floor in c1-2 in R4 zoning.  Is it legal to make a spa in cellar because I want to expand the business? 

Zoning May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Can i convert 1st fl & basement to duplex in an existing 2 family house?

What is involved in the process? What is allowed in the basement as a duplex?

Zoning May 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Buying a Residence in a Manufacturing zon

I keep seeing houses on my current quest that fall in M1 zones.  First they were in East Williamsburg – now I am seeing them crop up in South Slope/Gowanus.
For example, I am looking at a listing right now that is M1-2D.  It has been residential since it was built circa 1910.  The block is about 50/50 light manufacturing residential. The legal FAR listed on OASIS is 2.0 and it currently uses only 0.7 ish. 
Can I build an expansion to increase the FAR a bit? What about modification to the use? If I build additional space, does it have to be Manufacturing space, or can I maintain the existing residential use?
 
Or is this adorable little hovel stuck that way forever because it doesn’t match what it was eventually zoned for? :(
 

Zoning April 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Need a licensed land surveyor…

we are having a property dispute with the neighbors behind us as to the back corner of our lot.  We need to get a licensed surveyor to come in and tell us the official land lines.  There are no land lines on any city websites, we have checked zoning and buildings commish.  311 told us to get a surveyor but we can not find any on google, only autocad or architects who dont do this work… Does anyone know of a land surveyor in Brooklyn to recommend?  THanks.

Zoning April 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Question on Theoretical Ability to Build on Roof

We’re looking at a building and wondering how we can tell if we’re able to add living space on the roof. The listing has the following information: The zoning is R8B, Max FAR is 4 so available air rights are 2,230. It is in neither a landmark or historic district. Is there additional info needed to determine the answer or is that sufficient?
Finally, in terms of building on a roof, as I recall, if you duplex into a basement, the square footage of the rec room cannot exceed 80% (?) of the square footage of the apartment above. Is there a similar limit rule for in essence duplexing up onto the roof? Many thanks!
 

Zoning February 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Buying a rent-regulated multi-family buiding (and then going to hell)

I know you can kick people out of regulated apartments if you take a building for your own use.   Two questions:
Can an LLC do that?  Like if 3 families bought and kicked out the current residents for thier own personal use (and eventually conversion to condos)?
Would it be hard to change the zoning on the place from a 8+ to a 1-4?  The taxes are insane, and I think it would go down if it was rezoned.

I realize this is means kicking out poor people and old people* and thus, going to hell for all eternity.  But while I’m here on earth, is it legal?
 
*altho I’m not so sure in this building as the rents are not too low — nothing under 1200/mo for a tiny apartment in borderline area
 
 

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