By Caroline Spivack

Councilmember Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side and who has been a champion of strengthening restriction on voids, called for the city to limit mechanical spaces to no more than 40 feet in these areas, broaden the scope of its review, and to narrow possible exemptions for mixed-use buildings. The issue is especially crucial because excessive voids fill buildings with empty space rather than housing, said Kallos.

“We need more spaces for everyday New Yorkers and fewer spaces for billionaires,” said Kallos. “I think it’s about neighborhood context and having buildings that fit into neighborhoods and that we have efficient spaces. When people would rather build empty spaces than affordable spaces, that’s a problem.” Councilmember Keith Powers and Assembly member Harvey Epstein also called for zoning measures that keep development in greater line with the spirit of the law.

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