The owner of 86-40 Range St, Bellerose Manor, applied for and subsequently received an alteration permit for an extension.
The property received its certificate of occupancy in August 2006, and slightly more than a month later, it received a violation for an illegal cellar apartment. What a surprise.
Compare the two photos. Does it look like an alteration, or a totally new building? This is what happens when self-certification goes wild. The extension at the rear of the building blocks the driveway so badly that it's nearly impossible to get a vehicle into the garage.
It's very convenient that toilets and wash basins always end up in the cellars of these places, even though the cellars are designed for 'storage purposes."
Actually, even before the self-cert program went into effect, you could get an "alteration" permit from DOB if you left one wall (or a couple of bricks?) standing of the house's original foundation! That's a whole lot cheaper than applying for a "new building" permit. You should have to have at least 50% of the original structure remaining, in my opinion, for the job to be considered an alteration. This is a whole new house!
Again, it’s such a thigh slapper when you look at all that fussy detail and think of what it will look like in a few decades of dormitory use.
For example, when they tear the door off the hinges (right) they will not find a replacement to match the door (left.) That should look neat now, wouldn't it?
What Queens Crap should do is an artist rendering of these homes after a generation of hard use.
This kind of building is "planned obsolescence". They don't expect it to last. When it finally falls apart, of its own shoddy accord, you won't need a demolition permit! Then the new building can go easily up on an alteration permit. How comvenient and far sighted!
In addition, if you want neighborhood clearance, this is the perfect building to put into a solid block, then like cancer, watch the blight spread.
I think this is a theme you will see again and again on this board.
Your blog is like an encyclopedia for those who want to know more about this. Thanks for the interesting information.
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