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House with two addresses illegal?

CB7 meeting hears of unresolved home violations, committee updates

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:30 am

Ellen Russell raised concerns over a home in her neighborhood that has two addresses, a kitchen on the second floor and is being converted into a Buddhist temple.

“We had so many violations that we filed against the property,” Russell said during the public hearing portion of the Dec. 3 Community Board 7 meeting. “I handed in all the papers. I’m not sure what to do, but something’s wrong.”

Russell claims that the Office of the Borough President gave the building two addresses: 29-44 143 St. and 29-46 143 St. because the owners claimed they were going to use a separate entrance. Russell noticed that no such entrance exists, and has filed numerous complaints and violations against the building. She has since learned of its plans to build a kitchen and temple.

“When I spoke to the architect who signed off the plans he said he signed off on everything under 29-44. He didn’t know anything about 29-46,” said Russell. “I went to the building department ... they couldn’t find this address anywhere because all the violations we were filing went into the black hole because if you look it up there’s no 29-46.”

Board Chairperson Gene Kelty noted that CB 7 would try to resolve the issue, and asked Building and Zoning Chairperson Charles Apelian to look into the situation.

The building’s owners could not be reached for comment.

The meeting took place before the board’s holiday dinner at Verdi’s of Whitestone. Each of the committee chairs took turns to update their colleagues on their individual panels.

“I go to the 109th Precinct Council,” said Public Service Committee Chairperson Joe Sweeney. “The big thing they’ve been saying lately is that there’s a lot of young kids that are walking into driveways in Whitestone, Flushing, College Point late at night. They’re checking the car doors, and they’re taking GPS and [valuables].”

“I got hit last night,” chimed in board member James Cervino. “We got the cameras and the cameras showed a lookout ... two guys. They go to all the cars on the block, take whatever they can ... we were able to give [the footage] to the 109th Precinct. It helps making that call.”

Transportation Chairperson Nicholas Corrado updated the board on the impending resurfacing on the Van Wyck Expressway.

“It’s going to affect parking for the US Open,” Corrado said. “They’re trying to predict some of the problems so we’re going to sit down with them on the 16th ... come up with a think tank and try to figure out how this is going to affect the area. It’s supposed to be a pretty big project.”

Parks and Recreation Chairperson Kim Ohanian had two project updates for her fellow board members.

“It’s only phase one so they’ll get electrical work and staircases and elevators and painting, but there’s still a lot more to do to be able to open it to the public,” said Ohanian on the New York State Pavilion restoration project. “Maybe one day there’ll be a restaurant back there and a gift shop and an observation tower. Wouldn’t that be fabulous?”

“We got a proposal for a study to see how it would work if they put in solar panels over the parking lot [of the Clearview Park Golf Course parking lot] and put in charging stations for some electrical vehicles,” continued Ohanian. “It’s a proposal and it’s a study and we’re going to see how it works out.”

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1 comment:

  • Buster57 posted at 5:31 pm on Mon, Dec 9, 2019.

    Buster57 Posts: 79

    And it goes the other way too: we have tons of houses with one address and 2 or 3 separate entrances. The zoning or housing commission or buildings department must stop all these illegal conversions!! It is ruining many many Queens neighborhoods, including mine! The Queens Borough President does nothing, the local politicians do nothing, no one does a damn thing.