At the Community Board 5 meeting on Jan. 11, Glendale resident Gary Jannazzo said he hasn’t been able to open his windows and his kids haven’t played in the yard for weeks because construction next door is dispersing asbestos.
“They have been working there with zero permits,” Jannazzo said during the meeting’s public forum.
The site of the workplace is 70-20 67 Place. Jannazzo said the owner left the building abandoned for years until one day workers started to show up and rip off the roof. The Department of Environmental Protection placed a stop-work order twice on the building, listed as a factory, but workers ignored it. An owner of the property could not be reached for comment.
CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said the board has been involved with the issue since 2003. The board sent a letter to the Department of Buildings commissioner advising him about the site and asking him what the workers are allowed and prohibited to do, but have yet to receive a reply, Arcuri said.
“It’s something that needs to be taken care of,” Arcuri said.
Later, CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano discussed the Cooper Avenue underpass project and the controversial issue of hydrofracking.
Giordano assured the public that the board is committed to keeping Cooper Avenue open in each direction during construction and said the underpass project will be discussed in a public hearing on Jan. 24, but no location was confirmed at the time.
Giordano said he considered hydro-fracking the biggest domestic threat in his life. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), who was present at the meeting, agreed and said, although Gov. Cuomo has failed to acknowledge the issue, awareness needs to be increased.
At the public hearing, agents from Retro Fitness, a gym franchise, applied to locate within part of a one-story building at 65-45 Otto Rd. in Glendale. The gym would cost future members $19.99 a month and would be operational from 6 a.m. to midnight, according to a representative. The board invited the applicants to a future land-use meeting when they have a lease that says they have parking for 70 cars.