From the Queens Chronicle:
An article in the latest edition of Newtown Civic Association’s newsletter criticized the condition of an unused billboard in Elmhurst, calling upon the city to fix it.
“The sign company no longer uses the sign for advertising and has abandoned it,” the article read. “Yet this dangerous condition continues to the detriment of passersby.”
The billboard was reportedly erected illegally but has not been used for advertisements in a number of months, resulting in one-inch thick pieces of plywood falling from the structure onto the sidewalk.
The building it stands on, also abandoned, was once the El Tucan Banquet Hall.
The NCA claims they have spoken before the City Council and have called upon the City Department of Buildings Queens headquarters to rectify the situation but they say the complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
According to the DOB website, the owner of the building, Mohammad Malik, has already received a number of violations, the most recent being on Jan. 8 after a follow-up inspection.
On Dec. 28, 2012, Malik received an Environmental Control Board violation for failing “to maintain at roof level, billboard structure broken and missing boards throughout and in danger of falling.”
Even though the building is abandoned and has been for some time, responsibility for both the building and the billboard fall on the owner, who will have to appear in court on April 9.
As of printing, Malik was not available for comment.