S.I. developer accuses city officials of ruining him financially, sexually
BY JOHN MARZULLI
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Call it no sex in the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Staten Island developer John Grossi is accusing city officials of ruining him not only financially but in the bedroom as well.
Grossi bought the 19th century Bedell House in 2005 with plans to raze the dilapidated structure and build townhouses.
Then Mayor Bloomberg fast-tracked landmark designation of the site in Tottenville, S.I., in response to concerns from local preservationists.
Now, Grossi complains he's stuck with a money pit he can't sell - and his sex life is the pits, too, his lawyers say in a suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
"Defendants have caused Grossi to be emotionally and physically drained and stressed, as to stop him from fulfilling his husbandly duties," the suit says.
"Defendants' conduct continues to prevent [Grossi and wife, Lori] from cohabitating, as the high level of stress leaves little room for love, lust and companionship," the suit charges.
Grossi tried to stop the landmarking by painting the exterior of the house in wild colors and threatening to stage a mock crucifixion. That only landed him in the psych ward at Staten Island University Hospital.
"It's been a nightmare for me," Grossi, 36, said yesterday.
The property is in foreclosure because he cannot make the $5,500-a-month payments on his 11% subprime loan.
Grossi is seeking $10 million in damages and his wife, $2 million, but lawyer Steven Morelli hinted that a good start for settling the suit would be the city buying the property at a fair price.
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