Sunday, September 2, 2018
Inspector finds no problem where there clearly is one
From the Queens Chronicle:
When Mary Ann Giammarco sees the empty house at 73-36 179 St. in Fresh Meadows, she isn’t happy.
A graffiti-stained commercial truck sits in the driveway, with lumber languishing behind it. A sign on the door urges passersby to stay out.
“The whole property is just an eyesore,” Giammarco told the Chronicle last week. “And the homes around here are beautiful.”
A resident of the same street, she is a member of the Utopia Estates Civic Association and a block captain.
Giammarco penned a letter to the editor about the site that the Chronicle ran last week. It also doubled as an open letter to Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who then reached out to the 107th Precinct, Community Board 8 and the Department of Buildings about the location.
Earlier this month, multiple 311 complaints were issued about the property, leading a DOB inspector to visit it on Aug. 21. But no conditions contrary to the zoning and construction codes were discovered, so no violations were issued.
Plans had been filed last year to gut renovate the single-family house and add a second floor to it. But they were rejected.
The house wasn't looking so bad a few years ago, as you can see in the Google Street View above from 2013. The Chronicle photo shows how fast a property can go downhill without maintenance. How did a DOB inspector not find a problem? The presence of the truck alone is a zoning violation.