December 24, 2020
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New York City's Department of Planning is proposing a citywide extension to a current requirement for special permits in some zoning districts for new hotels. The measure, aimed at discouraging projects that cause "conflicts" or "nuisances," is justified despite the industry's depression because the development pipeline remains robust, officials say.
Full Story: The Real Deal magazine (New York City) (12/2020) 
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Project Focus
New York City is soliciting proposals for two acres on the north shore of Staten Island for 100% affordable housing, part of a mixed-use project on a decommissioned Navy base. James Patchett, CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corp., called the move "an important step in implementing our Stapleton Waterfront, which will activate 36 underutilized acres for the public's benefit."
Full Story: Real Estate Weekly (New York City) (12/18) 
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A judge in Kings County Supreme Court has overturned a 2018 rezoning that would have allowed 518 residential units in two 16-story developments close to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Judge Reginald Boddie agreed with neighborhood activists' claim that the environmental assessment for the Crown Heights project was not sufficient.
Full Story: The Brooklyn Paper (N.Y.) (12/22) 
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Innovation & Technology
A system deployed by Balfour Beatty to turn off construction appliances when not in use is one example of how construction companies are working to reduce energy usage and emissions on work sites. Other technological solutions draw on data and use sensors to detect emissions and reduce the climate impact of infrastructure.
Full Story: CNBC (12/15) 
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Policy Watch
The omnibus portion of the coronavirus relief bill Congress has passed includes the first appropriation for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, as well as small increases to the Army Corps of Engineers civil works program and the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grants account. The 2021 highway obligation ceiling will remain at the 2020 level, while military construction spending will decrease by 28%.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (12/21) 
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Employers with fewer than 500 employees that fall under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are typically responsible for paid sick leave related to the coronavirus pandemic but can fully recover that cost with tax credits. Kim Slowey explains the obligations and other sick leave requirements and limitations.
Full Story: Construction Dive (12/21) 
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CCA Metro News
The New York City District Council of Carpenters and union contractors have responded to COVID-19 in our industry and local communities. We're committed to building an even better future. See how we adopted new safety standards and provided critical training to keep essential projects moving forward. Visit here to see some of the outstanding work accomplished throughout these challenging times.
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Editor's Note
CCA Metro SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 31
In observance of the holiday season, CCA Metro SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 31. Publication will resume Jan. 7.
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And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.
Rainer Maria Rilke,
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