Residents of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Whitestone and Flushing descended on City Hall yesterday afternoon to demand an end to overdevelopment in their communities and the issuance of DOB permits to developers such as Tommy Huang, who has built illegally all over the city for more than 25 years. Councilman Tony Avella joined members of the Juniper Park Civic Association, the Committee to Save the RKO Keith's Theater of Flushing, Inc., the Historic Districts Council and State Senator Serphin Maltese's office in calling for Mayor Bloomberg, the Department of City Planning and the Department of Buildings to take steps toward stopping the assault on neighborhood character and livability in their communities.
It was mentioned that a wooden frame house on Mazeau Street in Maspeth against which Mr. Huang built a 4-story apartment building in violation of the R4-1 zoning was in the process of demolition earlier this month. It was observed being done in an unsafe manner, and the site was once again shut down with another stop work order issued. The coalition called for the forced demolition of the illegally constructed house by the city, as well as expedition of downzoning of parts of Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Flushing. Known to have been in attendance were a reporter from the Daily News, as well as camera crews from CBS & ABC TV news stations.
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Photos from Juniper Park Civic Association