Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunnyside says "Don't fence me in"
A construction fence that has impeded sidewalk travel in Sunnyside for seven years has caught the attention of the city Department of Transportation, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley announced last week.
The Department of Transportation issued a Notice of Violation Jan. 14 to the property owner, Metropolitan Management LLC, ordering the company to remove the unauthorized encroachment within 30 days. If the fence is not moved, the city may move and replace the fence at the owner's expense.
Move dangerous fence in Sunnyside, city says
The property at 46-11 Queens Blvd. has remained vacant, however, with a construction fence that blocks a portion of the heavily traveled sidewalk.
DOB records show the property owner filed plans for a four-story, 17,900-square-foot commercial building in 2004, but the plan was rejected.
A permit for the fence, applied for on June 7, 2001, was approved on April 16, 2007.
Conley said the fence is next to a bus stop. The sidewalk, he said, narrows to a point where people have to walk single file around the bus stop.