From the Queens Chronicle:
The city announced last week it is letting convicted felon Thomas Huang complete four houses under construction for eight years on 223rd Street in Bayside despite 10 open building code violations on the properties, unresolved for the last three years.
Pat Martin, a homeowner who lives adjacent to the building site, said she was disappointed the Board of Standards and Appeals is allowing Huang, and his son, Henry, to get the building permits back. “We lost, but we won’t give up,” Martin said. “It was so narrow an application that the BSA granted it. We think they are wrong.”
Martin has a civil suit pending against Huang for damaging her property several years ago. Workmen excavated too close to her lot, causing a retaining wall to collapse. She lost 3 feet of land and fence, lighting and her irrigation system.
Huang’s petition asked the city to revert to previous zoning at the site so he can complete the project. He based it on his vested rights, saying the eight-year project has become a hardship because he is losing money.
But Community Board 11 and 223rd Street neighbors say the hardship was caused by Huang, who flaunted the law by permitting shoddy workmanship, using unlicensed contractors, working without a permit, improperly installing drainage pipes and more.
Carly Sullivan, spokeswoman for the Department of Buildings, said Huang owes $17,560 in violations on the houses.
Sullivan explained that the violations were allowed to be corrected even though there was a stop-work order on the project. However, she reported Wednesday that following an audit, there were found some problems with his applications that need to be addressed before the stop-work order is lifted.