From the Queens Gazette:
DKCA President Jerry Walsh told the membership that the developer at the hotel site on 40th Road, who had sought a variance that would allow raising the height of the hotel to 14 stories, had been successful in that quest. Turned down by Community Board 1 at its November meeting, the developer went on to have a hearing with the Board of Standards and Appeals, which considered the site's "common vested" status with the Department of Buildings and granted the developer the variance. Walsh declared that fight lost (and took no comfort in the notion that it could be considered more a hotel in the Queens Plaza area, where zoning allows considerably higher buildings, than in Dutch Kills) but said that hotel site developers on 39th Avenue and 27th Street, similarly unsuccessful winning Board 1 approval of their variance applications, were headed for BSA hearings themselves (dates of which were not determined at the time of the DKCA meeting) and should be met there by a contingent of angry Dutch Kills residents.
The audience discussed attorneys: what it would cost to hire them, if any might work pro bono and other considerations. George Stamatiades of Board 1 said that Eric Palatnik, recently an attorney for the manufacturers in the protracted Dutch Kills zoning deliberations, charged the manufacturers $300 per hour, and perhaps united residents would find that affordable. Chris Lundgren, a 32nd Street resident, won the raffle that is held just before the close of every meeting and told the association to keep the prize money, "for the start of our legal fund".
Otherwise, the attendees engaged in anecdotes about hotel building or speculating about what might eventually develop with the many hotels in the midst of construction or seemingly ready to be built.
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