Ladies and gentlemen, this may be hard to believe, but the community board from hell took exception with a developer's plan to build something out-of-character:
By a vote of 28 to 8, with two abstentions, Community Board 1 voted to deny an application for an amendment of the zoning map at its November meeting in Astoria.
Bd 1. Rejects 31st St. Zoning Change
Along 31st Street, between 21st Avenue and 20th Avenue, Santino DiFiore owns a row of residential four-story buildings that date back to 1926 and sit comfortably next to one another. At the end of the block, a vacant lot, presently used for parking, is undeveloped.
DiFiore also owns that property and wants to build on it. While it is his right to develop a sixstory residential building in the existing R5 zoning district, he applied for an amendment of the zoning map to change zoning for the entire block from R5 to R6A.