Could you imagine if the Daily News wrote about every building violation this way?
Home add-on wrecking area, residents say
"Most of the work has been done at night, the neighbors said. Because the tarp covers the work site, inspectors say they can't see any new work, and therefore can't issue violations on the approximately 20-foot extension."
Well, if they have a reasonable belief that illegal work is going on, DOB can get a court order to enter the property and inspect, but why go through all that trouble?
From the Times Ledger:
Tarp lets homeowner hide construction: Avella
In the meantime, a plea for some common sense from Councilman Avella was printed in the Queens Times:
Council Member Tony Avella recently joined Little Neck residents at a press conference to draw attention to the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) continued lack of ability to enforce illegal construction activity at 45-36 Browvale Lane. Avella stated, “Buildings continues to be a paper tiger when it comes to enforcing illegal construction activity. The owner of this property has demonstrated brazen disregard for the law and yet DOB seems powerless to take any corrective action.”
Although DOB issued a “Stop Work Order” in early October 2006, the owner has since substantially completed a rear extension on the property by simply utilizing a large blue tarp. Despite residents’ numerous calls to #311 and continued inspection attempts by DOB, the owner has continued to work unabated.
“A little common sense could go along way in curbing this illegal activity,” added Avella. “As the saying goes - if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. The same can be said for illegal construction.”
“Over the span of six months the neighbors have often seen and heard the illegal construction occurring. Given this length of time, I do not understand how DOB was unable to observe the same illegal activity.”