Saturday, January 19, 2013
Walled in by apartment building in the Bronx
From CBS New York:
A Bronx family is up in arms over a four-story apartment building that is going up inches from their 1920s one-story brick cape on Bruckner Boulevard.
Patty Justiniano told 1010 WINS that the owner of the neighboring lots knocked on her door a year ago to explain his plan to build.
“He informed me he was building a lovely home for him and his mother and I was like, ‘Yeah right,’” Justiniano said.
“How do I replace that siding? How do I repair that siding? How do I clean my gutters?” Justiniano asked.
The new apartment building also blocks 10 windows on the side of her house.
“What do you do with them now? You don’t open them up because you’re looking at grey cinder blocks,” Justiniano said.
The Department of Buildings said the construction is within legal limits.
Justiniano admits that her home has a one-foot property line, but said the developer had two lots and could’ve moved at least a couple of feet away.
The city said the family can file a zoning challenge.
I'm surprised the City Council hasn't revised the buildings code to eliminate this type of thing. Oh, wait, that would hurt the bottom line of the developers to whom they are slaves.