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Coop renovationNov 19, 2021

Hi all, looking for a bit of direction here. I am planning to do some renovations to my recently purchased coop. My architect indicates that the DOB provided a form that building management should complete and return, however building management says it is not the correct form. Just from looking at the form, (DHCR, relating to rent controlled units), it appears to be something that the building would complete if they were doing the renovations. However I’m a single shareholder, so I’m not sure that it should apply to me. I’ve tried DOB but not having much success there, so I’m hoping that someone on this forum might be able to provide some direction.

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co-op renovation - Christine E Nov 22, 2021

Hi, I believe the NYC DOB form you need is the PW1. Section 26A of that form is for co-op signature, where the co-op attests that they have reviewed and approved the proposed project. In order for the co-op to evaluate the project, you should be prepared to submit plans, references, licenses, budgets, tenant protection plans, covid safety plans, etc. -- whatever materials the co-op needs to feel comfortable with your proposed alteration in order to sign the PW1. That said, based on what you wrote, you may wish to reconsider your architect. Co-op renovations are unique given that shareholders do not own their walls or inside them (check your lease), and technically do not even own their units (instead, own shares in the co-op). An architect who does not understand this (apparently yours does not, based on the forms given to date) may not be sufficiently knowledgeable about co-op alterations to successfully complete the project.

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Architect --seek another one - HOLLY Dec 02, 2021

I would back up "Christine E Nov 22, 2021" point that if the architect cannot provide you with the correct form seek another architect. Heed the Warning. The second concern and question is why wasn't your building management company able to tell you what the form is or provide you with the form? That is your second warning that this may not go as smoothly as you hope. The architect should know all about NYC and the Coop requirements. At this point sounds to me as though you are chasing after the architect and management and you should not be. Take a look at your contract with the architect, it should say that the Architect is responsible for submitting all the required paperwork to NYC and the management company. Talk to other Architects, doesn't seem like the one you have is alert.

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