I've had my eye on this one since it was a massive hole in the ground. Kudos to Eyewitness News for shining a light on the mess. - QC
From Eyewitness News:
They are hard-working families who thought they'd found their little piece of the American dream on this block in Astoria, Queens.
"This is where we plan to raise our family and make a home and now we're in jeopardy of losing our home," one woman said.
These homeowners claim their houses are slowly being ripped apart by a massive 8-story office building under construction on 31st Street. You can see it sticking up out of the skyline from miles away.
"You look up and see that spike. It's just an eyesore," John said.
The residents say they had no warning that such a massive hi-rise was being built, and certainly not right up against their backyards.
Home video shows workers dumping dirt out of the building's windows to fill up gaps in the foundation because there wasn't enough room to get to the back from the ground. And residents say tools regularly fall into their backyards from the upper floors.
The above is a typical example of the DOB just rubberstamping building plans. We all know by now about the community facilities loophole, where developers claim that they are building medical offices or a day care center (even though they have no intention of doing that), which in turn allows them to double their floor area ratio and build monstrosities "as of right." But how can the DOB justify approving plans that call for 100% lot coverage AND a 20-foot rear yard? Logically, it can only be one or the other. But in magical DOB land, you can apparently have both somehow!
Why exactly is Peter Vallone "mediating" between the affected parties instead of legislating the closure of the community facilities loophole that destroys communities, including one a block from his office?