Thursday, March 8, 2007
Grand Pile of Crap
If you want anymore proof that Queens is the wild west of building, take a look at the permits (or, should I say, lack thereof) for 85-34 Grand Avenue in Elmhurst. According to the DOB online records, a stop work order has existed on this property since 2003 for front yard excavation which undermined adjacent properties. This was likely a case where the DOB's system was not updated, because this building was finished in 2006 and is partially occupied. Prior complaints indicate that an illegal apartment was present in the basement, the owner failed to maintain the property and that the stop work order was violated. Those were all infractions, however DOB saw no problem with issuing an "alteration" permit to plant a 3-story building in the front yard of an attached house.