From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said while an eight-story medical building under construction in Astoria has damaged multiple homes nearby, he would like to see the building completed rather than being left to deteriorate.
“That’s a very difficult situation. I’m extremely unhappy about it,” he said. “But unfortunately there’s no right way to do anything about it.”
The city Board of Standards and Appeals is expected to make a decision within a few weeks about the continuing construction on the site, at 25-31 31st St. The developers of the eight-story medical building and 135-car parking garage are Pali Realty LLC, of 150-49 7th Ave. in Whitestone.
Community Board 1 recommended the BSA grant the building a rezoning for the mistake, Vallone said. While he called the damage caused by the project “inexcusable,” he said the board decided that recommending a complete stop on construction would leave the structure an unfinished hulk in the neighborhood.
Vallone said he would be working with both CB 1 in support of the zoning as well as with the homeowners. He said the zoning issue was different than the issue of the destruction, and he expected they would have to go through lawyers to get their homes fixed or rebuilt.
“I don’t like it,” Vallone said, “but I used to be an attorney and that’s the way it works.”
You'd think Vallone would come up with something better than, "Sorry, but we have to let them finish." The correct thing to do would be to force them to tear it down. It's been done before. But that would piss off developers and their lobbyists, not to mention require real leadership.