Saturday, September 1, 2012
College Point developer applies for 2nd variance
From the Times Ledger:
Plans to convert a dilapidated College Point factory into a 134-unit waterfront condo complex resurfaced this month after spending years off the community’s radar.
On Aug. 14, the city Board of Standards and Appeals received a request to extend a set of permits to allow construction at the old Chilton Paint Co. factory, at 110th Street and 15th Avenue.
The permit, called a variance, allows the developer to circumvent zoning laws and build housing in a manufacturing district.
The permit was initially issued in 2005 but was only valid for three years.
When it first expired in 2009, the developer had still not put a shovel in the ground and went back to the board.
According to documents filed with BSA, construction was delayed because the ownership of the property changed hands and the economic downturn caused funding to dry up.
The BSA granted the extension for another three years “on condition that substantial construction shall be completed by July 19, 2012.”
Yet substantial construction has not been completed. In fact, no work appears to have been done on the property as the developer is again approaching the city for another extension.