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In Peyton v. New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, 166 A.D.3d 120, the First Department faced a difficult question: when a zoning lot includes more than one building, can open space accessible to residents of one building, but not to residents of the other buildings, count as open space within the meaning of the New York City Zoning Resolution? In concluding that a roof garden on one of the buildings in Park West Village could not count as open space, the court’s majority thwarted efforts to build a nursing home — even though the nursing home itself was not subject to open space requirements. Moreover, the court’s opinion may have implications that extend past Park West Village, the site of the Peyton dispute.
By Deborah E. Riegel
When developers convert occupied buildings to condominiums or, less frequently, cooperative ownership, non-purchasing tenants are protected from eviction. When tenants in those buildings acquire vested rights as non-purchasing tenants is significant for developers, because the timing dictates the number of units that will be available for sale to outside purchasers. It is, therefore, no surprise that this is a highly charged and contested issue.
Cemetery Entitled to Use Variance
ZBA Usurpation of Planning Board Authority
Statutory Factors Need to Be Considered In Denial of Area Variance
Condemnation Award Reduced
Title Insurance Inducements
Purchaser’s Willful Default/Down Payment
Tortious Interference Claim Reinstated