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CB 5 against building into mapped street bed

Board unanimously votes against a planned Ridgewood warehouse

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Wed Nov 27, 2013.

Community Board 5 voted unanimously during its Nov. 13 meeting to disallow a partially built warehouse to extend the building’s construction into the mapped street bed of Metropolitan Avenue.

The warehouse at 10 Woodward Ave. in Ridgewood is already half-constructed, but building within 30 feet of Metropolitan Avenue violates Section 35 of the General City Law, which forbids building into mapped street beds.

CB 5’s Land Use Committee Chairman Walter Sanchez reported to the board that, while only about 1,500 square feet of the 56,075-square-foot lot sits within the mapped street bed, the board should not set a precedent in its vote.

“If we don’t object to building into the bed of the mapped street, it sets a precedent for future developers for building into the mapped street,” Sanchez said. “So we would like you to vote to object permitting construction on this portion of the building.”

The board voted 36-0 in favor of preventing construction into the mapped street bed.

Carl Sulfaro, who represents Woodward Avenue Realty, the lot’s owners, couldn’t be reached for comment as of press time on Wednesday. He was not present at the CB 5 meeting, but he defended the construction plans in a speech to the board in October.

He stated that the reason why building within a mapped street bed violates city law is because it allows for future widening or remodeling of the street.

However, in correspondence with the Department of Transportation, Sulfaro said he was assured that there are no plans to widen Metropolitan Avenue at this time.

The lot on which the warehouse is located will also contain three off-street loading docks and seven parking spaces.

Additionally, Sanchez worried that sight lines at the intersection of Woodward and Metropolitan avenues could be partially blocked by the warehouse.

CORRECTION

This article's original subheadline misstated which community the location is in. It is in Ridgewood. We regret the error.

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