Community Board 11 unanimously refused to renew a zoning variance that allowed a Bayside Toyota dealership to operate in a residential area after neighbors complained.
Star Toyota and Scion has been operating on Northern Boulevard for 40 years with the variance, but locals want the dealership gone for being, according to one board member, a “bad neighbor.”
“The community wants them removed because they don’t respect us,” said board member Steven Behar. “It’s as simple as that.”
Residents complained that the dealership parked their cars on residential streets and illegally dumped garbage in the neighborhood.
As a requirement of the variance, the dealership must meet with the community board every 10 years so their business can be reviewed.
After reviewing the business this time, the board decided to act on the complaints and vote down the renewal.
There are two more steps in the process: Borough President Melinda Katz is expected to announce a decision on Sept. 18 and, if she supports the community board’s decision, the Board of Standards and Appeals will make a final decision.
Actually, the BSA makes the final decision regardless of what Katz decides.