From the Daily News:
A group of homeowners in Dutch Kills are speaking out against a developer's appeal to build a hotel between a pair of two-family homes, noting that he missed a key zoning deadline.
Developer Steven Bahar wants the city to grant a variance to build a hotel at 39-35 27th St.
But angry neighbors cried foul Tuesday at a Board of Standards and Appeals hearing.
The community lobbied to change the zoning in Dutch Kills to allow new homes to be built. At about the same time, hotels began popping up on residential blocks.
Once the new zoning was passed in October 2008, developers had to have their foundations completed to be grandfathered in under the old zoning. The new zoning restricted the height of new buildings.
Bahar said he was unable to meet the deadline because he had been issued a slew of stop-work orders that prevented him from pouring the foundation in time.