Author: Jorge Fontan AIA

About Jorge Fontan AIA

Author Jorge Fontan AIA

This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.

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Adult Establishment Zoning NYC

In NYC an Adult Establishment must comply with specific zoning and building codes that will restrict its location and size.   Adult Establishment Zoning NYC   NYC Zoning Definition of Adult Establishment 40% Rule Filing an Application with DOB for an Adult Establishment 500 Foot Rule Areas Where...

Yoga Studio Codes in NYC

In New York City, a Yoga Studio can be classified in different Zoning Use Groups that will determine where a Yoga Establishment can be located. The Use Groups would be 6C, 6E, or 9A. To qualify for Use Groups 6C or 9A there will be...

Adding an elevator to a townhouse

Adding an Elevator To a Townhouse NYC

A Townhouse or Brownstone can be retrofit with an elevator, these can be Commercial Elevators or a more compact Single Family Residential Elevator.   Adding an Elevator To a Townhouse in NYC If you are considering adding an elevator to a townhouse there will be many issues to...

Hostels in NYC Not allowed

Hostel Laws NYC Codes

In most cases hostel are illegal in New York City pursuant to The Housing Maintenance Code Section 27-2077. The illegality of Hostels is further reinforced by the NYC Department Of Buildings: Building Bulletin 2013-005. Hostel Laws NYC Building Codes prohibit the development of commercial hostels...