Saturday, January 7, 2017
Be careful who you hire as an architect
An architect from Queens was nowhere to be found after he promised to help a woman draft up new papers for her two-family home, so PIX11 stepped in.
Denise James said she was getting clobbered by taxes because the city considered her house a three family when it was really a two-family home. She needed an architect to draft new papers so she could get a new certificate of occupancy.
James found Alfred Mierzejewski, of Flushing, after reading good reviews of his services on the internet.
Mierzejewski said he wanted $10,000 to do the job. James gave him a $5,000 deposit in April 2015.
“Never hear from him till after three months. I keep trying to call him, text him, no response," James said.
When Mierzejewski finally did call her, he said he’d forgotten all about her. But somehow he still didn’t get around to completing the job. He gave James a handwritten note promising to refund her $5,000, but it never happened.