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I have plans to build a new construction detached home in Brooklyn. My lot is zoned R4A, the adjacent neighbor is zoned R4-1. The plans were rejected based on code ZR113-543 ZR23-461, in relation to the side yard. From what I understand, since there is a semi-attached building with an 8′ side yard next door, we must provide a minimum of 5′ side yard on the adjacent side. Our plans currently show a 3′ side yard on the adjacent side (with a 7’ side yard on the other neighbor’s side).
Aside from the fact that the code makes no sense to me, I have also driven up and down local streets in search of a similar situation. I have yet to find one! To add to my confusion, does the fact that we are zoned differently affect our side yard requirements? I’ve asked NYC planning office and they said the side yard requirements are confusing and ambigouos — and can be interpreted in different ways. How can I get the examiner to interpret it my way?? For many reasons, the required 5′ side yard will complicate our driveway, and I refuse to give in without doing my research. I do not have the time or money to go through the BSA, please help! thanks!
Hi All, so an interesting situation – i’m about to lease a mostly-vacant lot in Brooklyn. The lot has a small work-shed, and i’m going to use that as a wood-workshop, along with a bit of the surrounding outdoor area for larger projects. but i want to supplement the rent the owner is asking fort by renting out a few parking spaces. wondering if anyone has a clue as to any legal complications with this (lot owner has not problem whatshoever with this plan). it seems lots of people rent parking spaces out of their vacant lots, but for the most part they own the lots rather than leasing them. i figure i may get some sort of general liability insurance, but i am curious if there are other major concerns.
location is in northern brooklyn, bed-stuy/bushwick area.
many thanks for any advice-
I recently closed on a small, narrow, two-story frame house in South Slope and am working with an architect to design plans. There is an existing (original, I believe) extension in the rear which runs approximately 3/4 of the width of the lot. My thoughts were to expand this to the full width to maximize interior space, but the architect just sent me this note:
“We cannot go full width on the extension because the building wall on the adjacent property at that side is set back from the property line approx 3′-6″ +/- and therefore zoning requires an eight foot distance between building walls when this condition is present. The building wall on the opposite property abuts the property line and therefore we may also abut the property line at that side. ”
I’ve attached a quick sketch of the properties. The red box is what I was hoping to accomplish. I knew there may be limitations with the extension related to lot coverage, light requirements, etc., but this confuses me. Why would the neighbors choice of where their extension was built limit my ability to go to the property line? Does anyone have experience with this?
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?
I received an DOB objection because:
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?
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.
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.
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:
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.)
I am looking for a GC for a full Gut Reno?
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.
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?
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.
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?
What is involved in the process? What is allowed in the basement as a duplex?
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?