After more than a seven-years-long construction process, residents of Dutch Kills, a neighborhood whose older family homes now share space with tall hotels, are once again frustrated by one developer.
Representatives of one project in question, a nine-story hotel located at 39-35 27 St., were present at a city Board of Standards and Appeals hearing Feb. 10, where it was acknowledged that self-performed work on the site, such as improperly poured concrete, damaged nearby homes.
Ashley Haelen a representative for Baharestani — who goes by Steven Bahar — acknowledged the building’s plans had changed from those originally submitted, increasing by around 62 square feet.
“You’re not allowed to play around with floor area and get more floor area,” said Margery Perlmutter, BSA chairwoman.
Alex Matthew, another representative for developer Steven Baharestani appeared before the BSA confirming that work such as lighting and rebar were also done by unlicensed workers.
He also addressed a big violation: a cracked and unstable wall of a shed on a neighboring property. Matthew said engineers for both property owners, as well as Baharestani and the home owner, had met to assess the situation but needed to meet another time to determine if it was stable, and, if not, come up with a cure.
There was a stop-work order on the property as of press time; it is one of several received on the address.
“It’s obvious the damage has been done to the property,” he said, adding there’s a sense of cooperation.