As part of the mayor's recovery plan, the popular Open Restaurants program (originally introduced in June) will be extended year-round and made permanent.

In addition, the Open Storefronts program has been created. In effect from October 30th to December 31st, 2020, it "allows eligible existing businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways... or a combination of both." Eligible businesses range from retail and repair shops to personal care and dry-cleaning/laundry facilities. The sidewalk space can be used for seating, queueing, or displaying dry goods, but must be up against the wall of the building, and leave a minimum of 8' clear path on the sidewalk.

For details regarding siting criteria click here.

To apply for the Open Storefronts program click here.

As part of the effort to stimulate local business, City Council member Robert Cornegy has sponsored a new bill that would create an Interim Certificate of Occupancy. The new certificate would allow portions of buildings, where construction is complete, to open before the entire building is completed, and would involve navigating less red tape.

This new C of O would replace the current Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). The major difference between the two is that the Interim C of O would not need to be renewed every 90 days. Instead, it would expire when the Final C of O is received.

Certain properties, including residential buildings under 8-stories, parking structures, and mixed-use properties with fewer than 4 units, would not be eligible for the new certificate.

The bill is backed by the de Blasio administration and would be a huge development for many owners whose buildings currently sit empty waiting for final sign-offs on other floors.

Original article from BISNOW.

Per the DOB, all buildings on the Covered Buildings list must display Energy Efficiency Scores “in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to such building.” Energy listings must be displayed by October 31st, 2020, and failure to post may result in up to a $1,250.

You can find the score for your building here, by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking "Get Your Building Energy Efficiency Rating".

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