From the Times Ledger:
A Little Neck Parkway home under renovation that has drawn the anger of nearby residents was served with a stop-work order Friday, city Department of Buildings records showed.
He said the developer started working on the second floor of the home – considered a renovation to the previous one-story structure – and he believed the owner worked on the first floor as well.
“I suspect that that’s not what was in the plans,” he said, noting that he thought there were problems with the construction beyond the justification for the stop-work order.
“What they should look into is on the inside and what exactly the plans call for and what is the construction,” he said.
“Nobody checks. Nobody investigates,” the neighbor said. “This kind of thing has been going on in this neighborhood for a long time. Because of this kind of construction in this neighborhood, working people can’t afford to buy a home.”
Another neighbor who also asked not to be named said the home is out of character with the block.
“It just looks overwhelming,” she said. “But everybody’s building overwhelming homes on small property these days.”