To Limit High Buildings.
The board of aldermen of New York city will receive a tentative recommendation from the building code revision committee to enforce a restriction in the height of future structures, making 350 ft. the limit for those on parks and plazas, and 300 ft. the limit for others, except where the street is less than 45 ft. wide, in which case the height must not exceed 135 ft. “Provided (the recommendation adds) that no fireproof buildings of classes E and F. except office buildings, observatories, and grain elevators, hereafter erected or altered, shall exceed 150 ft. in height.” Class Ii comprehends the following: Office buildings, lofts, stores, warehouses. restaurants, markets, refrigerator plants, stables, factories, workshops, printinghouscs, slaughterhouses, rendering plants, breweries, sugar refineries, observatories. All buildings in this class hereafter erected over 59 ft. in height are to be of fireproof construction, except as otherwise provided in section 25 of this code. Class F comprehends the following: Eight and power plants, car barns, garages, smokehouses, laboratories, railway freight depots, oilhouscs, oil refineries, grain elevators, foundries, coal pockets. All buildings of this class hereafter erected must he of fireproof construction. Before the building code revision commission can make a definite recommendation in regard to this provision. the board of aldermen will have to hold a public hearing, and it will have to he approved hv the board of estimate and apportionment. In this connection, it may be interesting to notice that the Metropolitan Life building is 657 ft. in height: the Singer building, 612 ft.; and the Park Row building, 382 ft.