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The DOB has instituted some changes to transfer some of the responsibility of the TPP-1 (Tenant Protection Plan) from architects to contractors. Beginning today, November 10th, 2020, the TPP must be prepared by the registered design professional (RDP) that is retained by the General Contractor rather than by the RDP themselves.  

As a result, the TPP1 and PW2 forms have been changed to add a statement certifying that the TPP submitted by the RDP coordinates with the scope of work intended.

The exceptions to the change are if work is taking place in occupied 1- or 2- family homes, or if "work limited to the interior of a single dwelling unit of an occupied multiple dwelling with no disruption to the essential services of other units, where the dwelling unit is owner-occupied."

See the original service update here.

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.

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