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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2009

STATEMENT FROM BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ON NEW LAUNCH DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE PROCESS

"Over the past month, New Yorkers have had an opportunity to comment on our new development challenge process, including a public hearing today at our Manhattan headquarters. The new process will require architects and engineers to submit diagrams of proposed buildings and major enlargements so the public can view the size and scale of any development online before the first shovel hits the ground. Challenges to the Department's zoning approvals will be submitted through a new 30-day formal public challenge period, and our responses to those challenges will be posted online for the first time. To ensure adequate time to consider any public input, the launch date for the new process will be moved to mid-April."

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Kate Lindquist (212) 566-3473

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