From the Courier-Life:
Gravesend residents are furious over a city ruling allowing construction to resume on a house that dwarfs their properties and violates current zoning laws — after the builder lied to the city about his plans.
Construction restarted this week on the six-story, 62-foot tall house on E. 12th Street between Avenues S and R — about twice the size as the homes next door — after a lawsuit by neighbors Betty Travitsky and Bella Center’s failed to convince the city to halt the project for good.
“I am appalled by it,” said Center, who testified against the project at public hearings. “It doesn’t fit in at all.”
Neighbors’ problems with the construction go back four years, when property owner Joseph Durzieh applied for and received permission to renovate an existing building on the site. But he ended up tearing down that building, in violation of the permit, and the city halted construction.
Durzieh appealed the decision to the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, who ruled in his favor this week, citing that he had performed a “significant amount” of construction while the old zoning laws were still applicable — and apparently ignoring the fact that he violated his original permit.
One group is calling for an investigation.
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