Wednesday, June 15, 2011
New park in Maspeth looking a lot less likely
"This past December, an audit of permits at the "St. Saviour's site" located at 57-40 57th Road and 57-40 58th Street in Maspeth (this is an entire block of land with multiple addresses) took place. The owners had applied to construct 4 warehouses, and the permits were approved despite the fact that there were glaring errors on the applications.
The audit caught the mistakes, the permits were revoked, and the owners were forced to resubmit the applications with corrections. However, there are still some glaring errors and I can't believe that despite this, the project passed plan exam review a second time.
To be specific, the ZD-1 diagrams for 2 of the addresses are identical. Now the buildings may be identical in structure, but they cannot both be built 47' from the corner. According to the diagrams submitted and approved, the corner lot would be vacant. However excavation and foundation work are being done there.
Also, I have been told by a professional zoning consultant that the dimensions listed on the ZD-1 for the building at address 57-40 58th Street violate the rules for M1-1D zoning.
There has been a partial stop work order on this property since 2009, which according to DOB records has not yet been resolved. So why were permits approved in spite of that? It has to do with the stability of a retaining wall. Safety measures, listed on the stop work order, were mandated to prevent collapse of the wall during construction, but they are being ignored. Vibrations from construction may cause the wall to finally collapse.
The property owners were also cited last month for having a chain link fence instead of a construction fence. This is a public safety hazard, yet they are proceeding with building without installing the required fence.
And to top it all off, DSNY was notified about the illegal dumping on the property, visited the site and said they saw nothing. Meanwhile, dumpsters full of debris from other sources are on the property and five 7-foot high mounds of garbage have been on the property since last September. You have to wonder what's really going on when agencies turn a blind eye to blatant violations and guaranteed revenue for the city.
The elected officials have known about this since April, and were reminded about it on May 17th, yet they have done nothing up until this point to resolve these issues. In the meantime, construction continues. Have they given up on getting a park here? It sure seems like it." - Christina Wilkinson