Thursday, November 8, 2018
Woodhaven businesses being targeted for fines
From CBS 2:
Dozens of store owners in Queens say the city is cutting into their bottom line.
They’re being forced to take down their outdoor signs that they say are vital to their business.
A DOB spokesperson says they’ve received anonymous complaints about area businesses, and have to inspect once that happens. In a statement, the spokesperson said the department isn’t specifically targeting Woodhaven.
Local leaders aren’t satisfied.
“They weren’t aware they had to have a permit when the sign was put up,” Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-38th) said. “Now they’re being penalized for it.”
Miller is trying to find a compromise with the city. He’s hoping they can set up an amnesty period for business owners.
Store owners say the only thing falling will be their bottom line since as things currently stand, they have no way of advertising their business. Many say they bought their shop with the awning or sign already up, thinking everything was already up to code.