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State legislators in Albany seek to curtail mechanical voids

Democratic State Senator introduces legislation to close mechanical voids loophole

An example of a mechanical void (Credit: Istock)

New York State legislators are looking to enact strict controls over mechanical voids. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced a bill last week designed to penalize developers who include such floors in their projects. 

Absurdity in Albany: The proposed legislation would not only regulate the height of mechanical spaces, but would discourage developers from building any floor with ceilings higher than 12 feet, according to Crain’s

The backdrop: The city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) intends to revoke permits for Extell’s proposed condo project at 50 West 66th Street. The existing plans called for large swaths of empty space between floors to increase its height.

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