New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Natalie Sachmechi

Crain's New York Yang draws renewed attention to proposed sidewalk shed legislation by Natalie Sachmechi

Yang draws renewed attention to proposed sidewalk shed legislation

Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos has been proposing legislation since 2016 that would force building owners to make necessary repairs to facades within six months of an inspection before the city steps in.

In addition, building owners would have to dismantle safety sheds within seven days after the work is completed.The sheds are unsafe because they can kill people if they collapse, Kallos said.

In 2018 scaffolding fell outside a Starbucks in Brooklyn, injuring three people.

The sheds look terrible, Kallos said, and they hurt small businesses by obscuring storefronts.

“The only solution is for building owners to actually have to make repairs in days, not years, under legislation I've proposed,” said Kallos, a Democrat. In addition, he would require building owners to pay for twice-yearly scaffolding inspections if their sheds have been up for longer than one year.