From the Queens Chronicle:
A Corona man’s family members are fighting the construction of a building next door, at 34-57 107 St., which they say blocks his apartment.
Jose Tavarez and his wife, Dinah, made an impassioned plea against the building at Community Board 3’s meeting last week, urging members to vote against owner Eran Yousfan’s Board of Standards and Appeals application, which would allow him to continue construction at the site.
“It’s a cell in there,” Dinah Tavarez said of the apartment her father-in-law, Thomas Tavarez, lives in next door to the construction, at 34-61 107 St. The new house is being built so close to the existing one that there is “literally no space” between the two structures, according to his son.
Thomas Tavarez, who turns 70 this year, has lived in the house for over 30 years, Jose Tavarez said.
“The pictures, they speak for themselves,” Dinah Tavarez said through tears at the meeting, passing around photos of her father-in-law’s apartment, which show how his windows have been completely walled in by the new building.
But according to Hamlett Wallace, chairman of CB 3’s Land Use Committee and an area architect, the building is technically legal — Yousfan purchased the site in 2006, when the lot was under R6B zoning, a designation that allows for the construction.
In 2009, the area was downzoned to R5, but Yousfan’s lawyer, Eric Palatnik, explained the project’s foundation had already been laid, allowing it to be grandfathered under the old zoning designation.
Jose Tavarez countered that the building received a two-year permit to continue work in 2009, which expired in 2011. The Department of Buildings issued Yousfan a stop-work order on June 24, 2011.
Wallace said that Yousfan’s building has the right to appeal the stop order and move forward.
You may recall this from Help Me Howard:
Monday, January 30, 2012
Why should BSA reward this nasty developer?
Posted by Queens Crapper at 12:09 AM
Labels: BSA, Corona, Department of Buildings, variances
"Why should BSA reward this nasty developer?"
Because BSA favors developers, that's why!
Because that is what the BSA does best. And, the politicians do nothing about it.
Welcome to Queens. Helen Marshall, borough President.
As a fan of this site, I do have to disagree with mr tavares. If his structure s built right up to the edge of his property line, why can't the developer build up to the edge of hs property line? It sucks but fair is fair. You live in an area where buildings are zoned for this.
Now if you want to talk about the design and lack of character on the new structure, I'll agree.
I think the builder of the Jose Tavares' house made a calculation decades ago that next-door owner would not build to the property line - that the other owner would take the loss of square-footage, not him.
Taveres should have contacted a lawyer when he noticed that construction was being started a year ago to get ahead of the problem.
It's quite possible that the lot that Tavarez's house is on was subdivided awhile back and that's why there are windows on the lot line. Let's remember that most Queens houses were built about 100 years ago when there was a lot more space.
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