The Ridgewood Gardens is a housing development which was built in the 1930s in Maspeth on what is referred to as the Ridgewood Plateau. A step street descends from 65th Place down to 64th Street.
Along this step street is Maspeth's only official landmark - a lamppost that the city forgot to remove back in the day. It's covered in graffiti and there is trash strewn all around it. Isn't it wonderful that the oldest community in Queens has nothing more than a beaten up lamppost as a landmark?
A small sliver of privately owned land is sandwiched between the step street with the lamppost and the Ridgewood Gardens complex. For decades, it sat vacant, but recently submitted plans call for a 3-family house to be built on a 15-foot wide lot. Yes, that's right - the lot is 15 feet wide, so you can imagine how narrow the house will be.
The builder of this property at 64-05 53rd Avenue says that the proposed house will be 3,677 Sq. Ft. City Planning's info for this property is:
Lot Area: 3,326 Sq. Ft.
Lot Frontage: 15'
Lot Depth: 221.75'
This means that they will probably build on property that is not theirs.
Furthermore, this is an R4 zone, and in R4 zones, according to DCP:
"Detached residences are limited to lots with a minimum of 3,800 square feet in area, and a minimum lot width of 40 feet."
So why was this application approved?
Last week, inspectors visited the site and a stop-work order was placed upon the property. We'll see how long that lasts.