Public comments for: Amendment of Rules Governing Exterior Wall Inspections and Repairs

Comments

Comment:
I agree with the previous comment about the cost when the City makes changes to the rules. This proposed rule could triple the costs of facade inspection which will hurt most the shareholders and condo owners of the buildings many of whom are working and middle-class New Yorkers. If compliance or quality of work is the concern, increase the penalties for non-compliance or shoddy work.
Agency: DOB
Comment:
The number of new rules and the added cost of running Co-ops if forcing middle income Co-ops to either constantly have assessments, raise monthly maintenance charges, or increase the debt to equity ratio. The result is making Co-ops less affordable. There has to be a balance between safety and cost. I am not sure these new rules create that balance.
Agency: DOB
Comment:
I think the proposed 60' interval scaffold inspection rules need to be amended/modified specially for larger buildings in width. For example buildings in other than NYC areas can be 300' x 300' in length with shorter height and would probably require 10 or more scaffold drops. I would suggest to modify this requirement to read: adds a new requirement for close-up inspections to be performed at intervals of not more than 60’-0” fronting each public right-of-way in order to allow for more thorough inspections of the exterior wall (up to 3 or 4 scaffolds per street elevation) or something similar. Thanks, Amr AMR Engineering Consultant
Agency: DOB