Office Adaptive Reuse Task Force

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The Office Adaptive Reuse Task Force will explore opportunities to convert obsolete office buildings to other potential uses, such as housing, schools, labs,and more.

The Task Force includes 12 experts appointed by the Mayor, City Council Speaker, and Public Advocate. NYC Planning Director Dan Garodnick serves as the Chair of the Task Force.

Established by Local Law 43, the Task Force will focus on the future of office buildings to help ensure NYC’s central business districts remain vibrant, adaptable, and successful over the long term. The Task Force will recommend legal and regulatory changes to support productive new uses for obsolete office buildings by the end of 2022.

This work will complement the “New” New York blue-ribbon panel, which is conducting a broader examination of the future of New York City and its economy.  

Memebership
The task force is comprised of the 12 members below or their respective representatives.

  1. Dan Garodnick (Task Force Chair) – Director of the Department of City Planning
  2. Adolfo Carrión Jr. – Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  3. James Colgate – Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Appointed by the Mayor)
  4. Basha Gerhards – Senior Vice President of Planning at REBNY (Appointed by the Mayor)
  5. Denis Johnston– Executive Vice President of 32BJ SEIU (Appointed by the Mayor)
  6. Andrew Kimball – President of the Economic Development Corporation
  7. Nicole Larusso – Senior Director of Research at CBRE (Appointed by the Mayor)
  8. Gary Rodney – Head of Affordable Housing at Tishman Speyer (Appointed by the Mayor)
  9. Wendi Shafran – Principal at FXCollaborative (Appointed by the Mayor)
  10. Eric A. Ulrich – Commissioner of the Department of Buildings
  11. Cea Weaver – Campaign Coordinator at Housing Justice for All (Appointed by the Public Advocate)
  12. Michael Zenreich – Principal at Michael Zenreich Architects

Timeline
The task force will begin its work in July 2022. It is expected to publish its recommendations on the Department of City Planning website before the end of 2022.

Share your ideas
If you have written information or input that you would like the task force to consider when forming their recommendations, please contact: OfficeReuseTaskForce_DL@planning.nyc.gov.