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Call for work to stop at site

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:26 pm, Thu Jun 23, 2011.

The activist leading the fight to bring a public park to the St. Saviour’s site and a state senator this week called on the Department of Buildings to enforce a stop-work order on the land.

In pictures sent Tuesday by Newtown Historical Society President Christina Wilkinson to members of the media and elected officials, crews could be seen using heavy construction equipment on part of the 2.5-acre plot. According to DOB records, a partial stop-work order was issued in November 2009.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) issued a statement on the situation on Tuesday.

“My office staff in the Middle Village district office had contacted the Department of Buildings in May 2011,” Addabbo said. “We believe if there is a stop-work order dating back to 2009, it should be enforced and there should be no further excavation or work done on this site. I urge that any zoning irregularities must be reviewed by the Department of Buildings immediately and must comply with existing regulations.

“I look forward to continuing my efforts to work with the constituents interested in this issue and the appropriate city agencies.”

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