Chicago: City Council Stalls Sprinkler Proposal

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(August 25, 2004) – A Chicago ordinance that would have required all commercial high-rises to install sprinkler systems has been tabled by the city council. The sprinkler issue arose late last year after a fire in the Loop’s Cook County Administration Building killed six people and injured several others.


Lawmakers are taking another look at the issue before making a decision, says Brian Bernardoni, director of government affairs at the Chicago Association of REALTORS?. Building owners say installing sprinkler systems would be costly, which could lead to higher rents.

CAR thinks the issue should still be examined, but believes commercial property owners should be able to have their buildings evaluated to see if they meet life and safety standards instead of being forced to install the expensive sprinkler systems, Bernardoni says.

The association also would like to see incentives offered to property owners that add sprinklers to their buildings.

"We are still concerned about this problem," Bernardoni says.

?By Jane Adler for REALTOR? Magazine Online


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