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Conservatory/ Greenhouse Addition to NYC Coop

Postby Miss K » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:02 am

Our client has an apartment in a coop in a R8B zoned district.

They have an outside space which is now a garden.

There is a wall separating this space from the FDR Drive, or actually a park, then there's the drive :D . The garden has street access on the side as well.

They would like to build a "conservatory" or greenhouse addition to their apartment.

This would be a structure which would span across the length of the lot behind the building. It would potentially be almost 2 stories high at some points.

I don't know if it matters, but this lot where the conservatory would be built has its own lot number and is taxed separately from the building even though it butts up against the building.

Does anybody know how we could expeditiously find out whether this sort of "extension" is allowed, allowed size vs. lot size, etc., etc.

I truly appreciate any help you can offer me. :D
Thanks very much for your kind assistance!

Mary Beth
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Postby TenantNet » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:18 am

What do you mean by "client" ... are you their attorney, architect or what?

Your question really isn't a tenants' rights issue. Unless you're talking about garden trellises, you're talking about a new building. Best to speak to an architect who knows local zoning regulations.
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Our client

Postby Miss K » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:20 am

We are their interior designer.
Thanks very much for your kind assistance!

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"New building"

Postby Miss K » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:22 am

In addition, when you say a "new building", does the conservatory, even if attached to the present building, count as a "new building"? Not, as an extension of the present building?

Thank you again.
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Postby TenantNet » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:29 am

It depends on many factors, which is why you need to speak to an architect who knows the lot, the building and the zoning for that particular lot. As I said, unless you're dealing with trellises or awnings, you're talking construction and that falls under DOB and zoning codes.
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