Attached is a .pdf being distributed as a handbill In Bayside Hills Queens about a proposed project at 50-20 216th Street.
This variance is an extraordinarily audacious request. Our community will have to go through hell to fight it, even though it is without merit. I'm told that 85-95% of this stuff gets approved. A major factor seems to be who is hired to make the variance application. I've been told by a local politician, that if you try to hire a lawyer to represent the community, they are all afraid to do it.
I would appreciate your posting this to your blog.
House in the Garden-V4
An urban planner familiar with the situation put it this way:
"The property is 500 square feet shy of a legal lot size (3,800 sf) and 700 square feet smaller than a typical 40' x 100' lot (4,000 sf). And yet, the owner is proposing a house with 2,320 square feet. The R2A zoning has a .5 FAR, and property owners are able to gain an additional 300 square feet from having a garage on the property. THERE IS NO GARAGE PROPOSED. So, to sum it up: the developer is not only asking for setback violations and additional square footage way above their undersized property would allow even if it were legal, but they are asking for a 300 square foot bonus for a garage that isn't being built!"
Oh and folks, here's what you have to look forward to when you're dealing with Rockchapel Realty (see this post from 2006 - the very beginnings of this blog): Developer Greed 101