R.S.D. reports from Bellerose:
"249-21, 249-23 & 249-27 88 Rd in Bellerose. Three 2 family homes were placed on a piece of property that once held one one-family home. The original home was illegally demolished last year. The developer was forced to stop when residents and civic leaders scared away the illegal immigrant workers. The Office of Emergency Management ripped a hole in the sidewalk and disconnected the gas line, which was still active in the house while it was being torn down.
Code requires that there be a minimum of 8 feet between these houses. There's only about 7.5 feet between two of them. The curb cuts are too wide and too close together, eliminating any street parking. Since the driveways are much too narrow for any cars to be parked in them, we all know the multiple cars will be parked on the street or on the concrete pad where the lawns are supposed to be. For each house, that's a minimum of two cars for the top apartment, two for the lower level, and of course two for the illegal cellar apartment.
The infamous Dept of Buildings sent out an inspector (with his seeing eye dog, we assume) and reported that the driveway is "about 8 feet" and marked the complaint, "resolved." Please, please, someone teach these people how to use a ruler!The subdivided plot of land at 249-27 88 Rd narrows down to less than nine feet. The house itself is just about five feet wide at the rear."