On February 2, Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Buildings Commissioner LiMandri announced a new DOB proposal to make diagrams of proposed new buildings or major enlargements available online.  Accompanying this will be a new 30-day formal public challenge period.  A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Friday, March 6 at 3 pm at 280 Broadway’s 3rd Floor Conference Room.  The proposal is scheduled to take effect only three days later – Monday, March 9.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of this proposal?  Will it truly “give New Yorkers a stronger voice in the development of neighborhoods, create greater transparency, and clarify the process for the public and for developers,” as Bloomberg claims?

Please join the Municipal Art Society on Tuesday, March 3 at 8:30 am at 457 Madison Avenue for a briefing and discussion. Coffee will be provided, but please BYOBagel and your comments/questions/concerns about the proposal as we prepare for the public hearing.

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