Thursday, June 12, 2014
FEMA guidelines making some communities ugly
A house being built on the water in Freeport is being called “the monstrosity” by some neighbors.
The house on West Fourth Street stands 3 1/2-stories high, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy said in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy new codes allow for houses to be built high on tall concrete foundations.
“FEMA and New York Rising have authorized the raising of these houses, they want to increase the height, the elevation,” Kennedy told Rivera.
“As a result of Superstorm Sandy the requirements are more stringent as far as raising houses and protect them from flooding. In this application the code permits them to build the house that currently is on the lot.”
Officials believe they will receive more complaints as more houses are constructed.