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Queens Chronicle

CB 10 grants variance for home

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am

Community Board 10 approved a variance for an Ozone Park homeowner who was looking to legalize extensions to the house done by a previous owner.

The home at 106-02 Sutter Ave. was expanded from a one-family to a two-family by the previous owner, despite such a change violated the area’s zoning rules.

Lawyers for the owner, Frank Moreno, explained that in order for their client to bring the house back to code would be a hardship. They also noted that the house is not out of character for the neighborhood as residences nearby are two-family.

“They do deserve the relief that they’re requesting due to the circumstances that this new property owner inherited,” said First Vice Chairman John Calcagnile, chairman of CB 10’s Land Use Committee. “One of the things we don’t understand is how it got that far.”

One member asked the owner if he could commit to staying in the house for a while, but Moreno said he plans to live there, although he couldn’t say how long.

The board approved the variance unanimously.

— Domenick Rafter

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