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Court date set for removal of trees

Illegal, ‘substantial’ modification at Klein farm leads to hearings

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu Jan 2, 2014.

If a tree falls illegally in Fresh Meadows, it will be heard.

Summonses have been issued to Audrey Realty Corp., owners of Klein farm at 194-15 73 Ave., for two separate violations following the illegal removal of trees.

According to the Department of Buildings, the first hearing, which will be held at the Queens Business Center at 144-06 94 Ave. in Jamaica, is set for Jan. 28 and addresses a violation for working without a permit, citing the illegal tree removal and extension of a driveway. The standard fine is for $800 with a default of $4,000.

The second hearing, which is for a zoning violation for modification of the landscape, is scheduled for Feb. 4. An $800 fine is also set with a default of $4,000. Both hearings can be avoided if the owners admit to the violations and pay the fines by Jan. 21 and Jan. 27, respectively.

Changes to the property cannot be made without approval from the City Planning Commission since the area is zoned in a special planned community preservation district. When the tree removals were first reported, Henry Huang, who runs Audrey Realty Corp., told the Queens Chronicle that he did not know about the tree removals nor did he order their removal.

Audrey Realty was founded in 2001 by Henry’s father, Thomas Huang, who pled guilty to felony securities fraud back in June. According to information on the Department of State website, the Audrey corporation has been listed as “inactive” since 2009. Henry Huang could not be reached for comment.

A stop-work order was filed on Dec. 11 while the DOB and CPC had to figure out whether the tree removal constituted “substantial” modification to the property.

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