The bullshit hardship line (2004):
Dariusz Skarzynski, co-owner of the burglar and fire alarm business with his wife, Aldona, said they want to consolidate all of the company's operations at the one office. The work is now parceled out to locations in New Jersey and Long Island.
If allowed to add three stories to the existing two-story building, the company's workforce at 74th St. would grow from 12 to 120, Skarzynski said.
Part of the bullshit BSA decision:
WHEREAS, Queens Borough President Marshall recommended approval of this application on condition that the applicant agrees to: (1) making arrangements to provide more off-street parking if future development occurs in the area or if a deficit of parking ever becomes an issue for the neighborhood surrounding the site; and (2) using the site for manufacturing and office use as proposed and not solely for office space in the future; and
WHEREAS, Community Board 5, Queens, recommended denial of this application, and made the following allegations in support of the denial: (1) the proposed building would be out of character with the surrounding community, due to its height; (2) the lack of off-street parking could potentially create a negative impact on the surrounding community; and (3) the application requests more than the minimum relief necessary to relieve any hardship associated with site conditions;
At this point I should mention that alarm companies are weathering the recession better than anyone else out there. So the owner blaming the economy for his need to rent out offices ain't gonna work.
When there is a 1,100-seat public high school built right next door with no parking provided for teachers, staff and students, and when the offices are rented out with an unknown number of workers driving in, how and where will Aldona provide more off-street parking since it's guaranteed that a deficit of parking will become an issue for the neighborhood surrounding the site? Who is going to see to it that they do as dictated in the BSA decision?
A) Council Member Elizabeth Crowley
B) Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
C) The Board of Standards and Appeals
D) The Department of Buildings
E) Mayor Michael Bloomberg
F) Community Board 5
G) The School Construction Authority
H) Community Education Council 24
I) No one