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Residents: Biz doesn’t mix well with the nabe

Proprietor says he’s doing the best he can to keep to the streets clean

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Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:30 am

Ozone Park resident Paul O’Neill has been in the area for decades and has never had a problem with the surrounding businesses — until now.

O’Neill, and others who spoke to the Chronicle, say concrete business Prime Ready Mix has been the source of a number of quality-of-life issues in recent years and it’s only getting worse.

“They block up the streets, this whole neighborhood is full of sand and concrete dust,” O’Neill said. “I’ve lived here for 36 years, never had a problem with Greco concrete,” the business that was there before Prime Ready Mix, “but since they moved there, it’s been nothing but a nightmare.”

The main complaint from nearby homeowners is the dust and sand that emanates from the business, located at 87-13 Rockaway Blvd.

The Department of Building’s website states one caller said, “There have been numerous amounts of dust and sand all over the place, seeping into homes. This influx of dust causes allergies and many people have gotten sick.”

Neighbor Edward Rios said, “It’s crazy, it’s all over the place.

“The other day they were giving it the old hose trick right into the sewers,” he said. “Now there’s cement all over the place, all over 88th Street.”

Those who spoke to the Chronicle said vehicles, barbecue grills and other items have been ruined by the dust.

A man named Sean, who identified himself as the owner of Prime Ready Mix but did not give his last name, said in a telephone interview he’s doing the best he can to keep the area clean.

“I’m constantly, always cleaning,” Sean said. “I bought a street sweeper, we’re doing everything we can to keep it clean. Is it in perfect condition? No.”

There are two open Environmental Control Board violations, according to the DOB’s website, for not operating the building in a “code compliant manner.” A 2015 violation states a “concrete fence wall is cracked out ... dislodging at various locations in danger of falling onto sidewalk.”

The other main quality-of-life complaint is the number of vehicles often double-parked near the business.

“Are we just waiting for a kid to get hit and be killed?” said one neighboring resident, who didn’t give his name. “I don’t like my kids playing around there anymore.”

Sean said trucks sometimes have to double-park outside the business because the workers have to clear the yard before they can come in.

“They may have to double-park to come inside,” he said.

Responding to complaints that his vehicles are sometimes seen at a nearby vacant gas station, Sean said he has the owner’s permission to do that.

“If it’s not on the sidewalk it’s legal,” he said.

The owner added he’s “not an unreasonable person” and will talk to any resident who has issues with the business.

“If there’s a problem, I’ll address it,” he said. “If they come to me, I’ll be willing to talk to them.”

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