Borough Presidents Ruben Diaz Jr. of the Bronx and Eric Adams of Brooklyn will keynote the opening of BuildingsNY 2015 at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Javits Center with a panel discussion on “Housing in the Boroughs: Who Wants It?”
“Everyone says they want affordable housing, but every proposed project or rezoning effort faces opposition,” remarked Dan Margulies, Executive Director of Associated Builders and Owners (ABO), founding sponsor of BuildingsNY.
“Borough Presidents Diaz and Adams have led the way in outlining their visions for new housing in their boroughs and are also on the front lines dealing with concerned communities. The development community is looking forward to their insights on where housing may really be welcome.”
At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, Purnima Kapur, executive director of the New York City Planning Commission will kick off the second day of BuildingsNY with a discussion of “The Mayor’s Housing Plan: What, Where, and When.”
“We know that six neighborhoods have been targeted by the Mayor for rezoning so far,” Margulies noted, “but we are looking forward to getting a better sense of when new rules will actually be in place. We are also excited to hear whether Ms. Kapur thinks significant new housing can be developed in other areas under existing zoning. There have been some studies recently indicating that, contrary to popular opinion, many neighborhoods are not completely built out.”
BuildingsNY is the largest annual trade show and conference program for builders, owners, and managers in the New York City area. The show is produced by Reed Exhibitions and sponsored by ABO and other trade groups, including Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc., the Buildings Owner and Managers Association, the American Institute of Architects, the New York Association of Realty Managers, and the Small Property Owners of New York.
A full list of exhibits and seminars and free pre-registration for attendees is available at BuildingsNY.com