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David Golab Director of Business Development SUPERSTRUCTURES

David Golab
Participating in Manhattan’s Community Board Five over the past 10+ years has been a real education on a host of issues that are important to our City. A highlight of my tenure was participating on the Multi-Board East Midtown Re-zoning Task Force – learning about the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), EIS’s, Transfer of Development Rights – the list goes on and on. When the opportunity to help put together an SMPS program on the topic came up – I was in with both feet. There are important zoning and sustainability issues being addressed throughout the City that will impact our clients and therefore, our industry. Here’s an overview of the program:

[expand title=”Click here to read more about The Zoning and Development Client Panel…”] My first encounter with our moderator Brian McFarland was years ago at a Community Board Five Landmarks Committee Meeting. His client SL Green was transferring development rights from the landmarked Bowery Savings Bank on 42nd Street (Cipriani’s). Come to the program and find out why the project had to come to the community board! All over the country we have NIMBYs, but only in New York do we have YIMPY – Yes, In My Backyard. Finally there is a cheerleader for the development community! David Schwartz, Principal of Slate Property Group will bring the developers’ perspective to the panel. With a portfolio of commercial and residential buildings I’m hoping he gives his perspective on a range of topics ripped from today’s headlines. We like to think that the A/E/C profession is the key to development but in New York nothing gets done without the lawyers – that’s why I can’t wait to hear from attorney Mitch Korbey, partner at Herrick Feinstein. It very often the case at community board hearings that the attorney gives all or most of the presentation for particular development applications involving changes in zoning, land use, and the transfer of development rights. I was very excited when Raju Mann agreed to join the panel. He brings a truly unique perspective having been a staffer at the NYC Planning Commission and then Director of Planning and Policy at Municipal Art Society while at the same time leading the Community Boards Land Use and Zoning Committee. He played a major role in the future of Penn Station and the East Midtown rezoning. The very first panelist to sign on was Mark Silberman, General Counsel to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Since 1998, Mark has worked on a myriad of enforcement and outreach issues and on shaping the law itself with rules for each new historic district. I hope that he will address the rumors that rules surrounding the transfer of air rights from landmark properties to new development are about to undergo a sea change. [/expand]