From the Daily News:
Residents of a northeast Flushing neighborhood who are fighting a plan to build a small apartment building on their block were elated last week when a city panel ruled in their favor.
But the celebration was short-lived.
Lawyers for owner Paul Rifino said they will appeal the Board of Standards and Appeals decision and push ahead with his original plan to construct eight apartments on the site of a one-family Tudor house at 166-43 26th Ave.
When Rifino started his project several years ago, the property was zoned to allow multifamily dwellings, even though the leafy area was dominated by single-family homes. Restrictions were tightened in 2009, when the city rezoned the area.
Local residents rallied with elected officials to ramp up the pressure on Rifino and the Buildings Department.
Even though Rifino's project preceded the zoning change, the city revoked his construction approvals for failing to get a demolition permit before obtaining his alteration permit.
Adam Rothkrug, Rifino's lawyer, said the city's reason for pulling his permits was unfair.
"The entire project was subject to over a dozen Department of Buildings inspections and subject to a Department of Buildings audit before the zoning was changed," Rothkrug said. "For the Department of Buildings, after the fact, to go back there for the fifth or sixth time and claim something was done incorrectly is not really fair."
He said his client plans to appeal the BSA's decision to the state Supreme Court.