Well here I am in Corona one last time. This is 47-05 104th Street in the very heart of Corona Heights.
There previously were two stores/offices with dwelling units above and a factory at the corner. But they are no more.
Also no more is this mural which actually lent a little bit of character and pride to the neighborhood. You may have died in service to your country, Spc. Bustamante, but your tribute has to go. There's crap to build.
The self-certified project can be summarized as follows:
The architect, Chris Papa, is the very same crapmeister that designed the palazzo stucazzo for Joe Franco at the White House.
"POST APPROVAL AMENDMENT TO ADD TWO STORIES, 22 DWELLING UNITS, OVER EXISTING 1 STORY COMMERCIAL BUILDING. CHANGES TO SCH A & SCH B HIGHLIGHTED. REVISE ADDITIONAL F.A FROM 1080 TO 14,778 SF."
Does this look like an altered building or a new building to you, dear readers? The buildings are completely new, with 22 dwelling units replacing 2. Can you say "overcrowding" and "infrastructure overload?"
I passed by this location before Christmas and there was a makeshift scaffolding actually dangling over the yard next door. Unfortunately, it was at night and by the time I got back there to take photos it was gone. But it was a site to behold.
What a mess - not to mention, the entire thing has a F designation for Factory.
But don't despair, there's 7 off-street parking spaces here somewhere.