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Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:53:30 -0400
From: "Donald Ranshte"
Subject: 405/57-40 58th St. & 57-37/41/45 57 Dr.
To: "Christina Wilkinson", "Ira Gluckman", Byron Muñoz
Please be aware that the four lots here are going to have DOB approved remedial work occurring over the course of the next few days. This will take place while the SWO's and/or PSWO's remain in place.
The water main & sewer contractor has permission to install water mains and sewers from the street, but will be entering into the site, mainly because the DEP permits issued expire after 60 days. Also, work on the perimeter of the lots, mainly consisting of work to the fence.
Date: Thu Jul 7 16:14:05 EDT 2011
From: Christina Wilkinson
Subject: Re: 405/57-40 58th St. & 57-37/41/45 57 Dr.
To: "Donald Ranshte", "Ira Gluckman", "Byron Muñoz"
Thank you for responding, Mr. Ranshte. My thoughts are as follows:
First of all why should DOB or the community care if the owner's DEP permits expire and they have to reapply for them? That's their problem and they brought it on themselves.
The initial SWO rescind, dated 6/17, specifically says "RESCIND TO BACKFILL 45 ANGLE OF REPOSE AND REMOVE SHED, DEBRIS AND INSTALL GUARDRAILS." Now that's what most people would consider to be remedial work.
The next rescind, dated 7/1, says they may "COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION OF FOUNDATION, MASONRY WALLS AND SLABS" That is not making the site safe, that is allowing construction to proceed.
- Without a construction fence.
- With an undermined adjacent sidewalk.
- Without the required barrier 20' from the retaining wall.
- With plans that don't conform to zoning.
- With permits about to be revoked by the commissioner.
How is that correcting the violating conditions? Shouldn't these other problems be cured first? According to DOB's own records, the owner supposedly "cured" the fence violation on 6/17, then days later was cited for the same exact thing...
It seems to the community that strings are being pulled for these owners. I have never seen DOB partially rescind a stop work order to allow construction to advance. In fact, on most SWOs, the percentage of construction completed is noted and if there is a violation the amount of progress is also noted on that. I see that is not the case here.
How does one get a DEP sewer work permit without first getting a DOB plumbing permit?
And if remedial work includes replacing the undermined sidewalk, why do they only have a DOT permit for sewer installation and not one for sidewalk installation/repair?
And if the City truly wants a park here, then what the hell is going on?