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Department of Buildings Investigates “Nolitan” Zoning Issues

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It was about three weeks ago that we first reported on possible zoning code violations at the Nolitan Hotel (40 Kenmare Street). For the past six months, residents have been complaining to the Department of Buildings that the project appears to have exceeded the Little Italy Special District’s height restrictions. In spite of regulations banning new construction over 8 stories, the neighbors said there seemed to be at least nine floors (as well as a 3-story structure on the roof).

On January 6th, a Department of Buildings spokesperson, Carly Sullivan, told The Lo-Down information was still being gathered about the situation at the Nolitan.  There was no response when we followed up this week.  But the DOB has, apparently, indicated to residents that the hotel is in violation of the height restrictions. The next step, presumably, would be an appeal and a request for a variance before the Board of Standards and Appeals.

Meantime, the residents, have been working with Councilmember Margaret Chin’s office. In a statement, she said: “We are working with the DOB to ensure that our office, as well as their staff, are on top of the situation. And should the building be found to be in violation of zoning, which we believe it is, we will work to ensure that it is brought into compliance.”

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