Bellerose civic leaders are asking the city Department of Buildings to put a stop-work order on the construction of a pair of two-family homes they say are being built too close to a plot of land owned by St. Gregory The Great Church.
The civic leaders - Community Board 13 Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht, Mary Ann Hellenbrecht and Mike and Angela Augugliaro - and St. Greg's priest Rev. Joseph Cunningham say the properties at 87-28 and 87-30 Commonwealth Blvd. have to be set back four feet from the church property in order to comply with zoning regulations.
Civics: Houses built on St. Gregory's land
Angela Augugliaro said the construction was self-certified. She suggested Buildings do away with that process because she claimed developers can use self-certification to go forward with improper construction.
"Self-certification is the worst thing that came down the pike," she said.