The City Council has signaled that its move to close supertall developers’ favorite loophole is just the start. The Council on Wednesday approved a zoning amendment that caps mechanical spaces at 25 feet before they are counted toward the building’s allowable footprint, Curbed reported. The Council’s Land Use Committee voted unanimously to close the void earlier this month.
The measure is the first in an effort to crack down developers’ use of mechanical spaces to jack up building heights to deliver panoramic views and charge higher prices. Lawmakers have also set their sights on forcing the city’s Department of Planning to make good on its promise to study and potentially crack down on mechanical voids in commercial districts, unenclosed voids and “gerrymandered” zoning lots, according to Curbed. READ MORE (The Real Deal)