Saturday, October 6, 2007

Developer encroaches on church land

Bellerose civic leaders are asking the city Department of Buildings to put a stop-work order on the construction of a pair of two-family homes they say are being built too close to a plot of land owned by St. Gregory The Great Church.

The civic leaders - Community Board 13 Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht, Mary Ann Hellenbrecht and Mike and Angela Augugliaro - and St. Greg's priest Rev. Joseph Cunningham say the properties at 87-28 and 87-30 Commonwealth Blvd. have to be set back four feet from the church property in order to comply with zoning regulations.

Civics: Houses built on St. Gregory's land

Angela Augugliaro said the construction was self-certified. She suggested Buildings do away with that process because she claimed developers can use self-certification to go forward with improper construction.

"Self-certification is the worst thing that came down the pike," she said.


Anonymous said...

I totally agree that self-cert must go....and PDQ !

Imagine a whore being able to certify herself
as medically "clean"!

Would her "clients" be assured
that their paid "professional" is disease free ?

Anonymous said...

I thought that the laws protecting the ownership your land are ironclad boilerplate and sacred!

Apparently not!

Now some bastard builder
encroaches upon sacred church property !

Don't count on the DOB (Dep't of Bribery) to do much!

Anonymous said...

This is about as close to God as any developer will ever get.

georgetheatheist said...

Father Cunningham,

Just as Jesus drove the money-changers out of the Temple, you and your parishioners should drive the modern-day thieves from your property.

Announce a rally from the bully pulpit and have the BODIES of the faithful lie in front of the bulldozers.

Anonymous said...

the church said the fence around their property does not extend two feet beyond their property line as the developer claims and yet the church went on to state that if they built a rectory in the future they'd have to build it 6 feet away from the fence, instead of 4, to insure that it adhered to zoning regulations, which means that despite the survey the church had done they are really not absolutely sure if their fence is where it should be. So the developer may be in his legal rights to build where he has, though ethically, of course, what he's doing is sickening.

Anonymous said...

The comment about the distance needed if the church would want to construct a building is incorrect. Actually, the contractor is too close to the property not encroaching upon it. There should be 4' between the fence and the house but there is less than 22" in the front and 27" in the rear. The house would have to have a minimum of 2'2" removed from it to comply with zoning. St. Gregory's church would have to begin construction 4' from the exact property line. What will become of this issue? The contractor will either get away with it or he will go to BSA and get a variance to keep the distance as it. What else is new?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the church will forgive the developer his trespasses...

Anonymous said...

twenty seven inches is ridiculous!

To pass from one side of the property to the other residents of the multi-family dwellings will have to turn sideways and suck in their stomachs.

They may even have to sever off parts of their anatomy.