CB5 tables Maspeth construction project
by Lisa A. Fraser
Dec 21, 2011 | 4075 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some Queens Community Board 5 members are a bit concerned about a plan to transform a mixed-use building in Maspeth into a three-story residence for families.

An application has been submitted to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) seeking determination that the current owner of the property has a vested right to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for the alteration.

The property, located at 68-10 58th Avenue, is now zoned R4-1, which means that it permits only one- and two-family detached and semi-detached houses. But the application proposes to allow completion of construction under the R4 zoning regulations, which allows for all types of housing at a slightly higher density. R4 zoning is what was used to create much of the housing in the Corona section of Queens.

The board held a public hearing on the item and was scheduled to vote on it at December's monthly meeting which was held last Wednesday at Christ the King High School, however the board tabled the vote until January's meeting.

Some board members are hesitant to go forward too soon with the project and others expressed concern about parking. Members of the Land Use Committee would like to see a larger parking lot for the building.

“It is already a burden on the community to find parking here,” said one board member.

Attorney Todd Dale from the law firm Rothkrug Rothkrug & Spector, LLP, touted the proposal's benefit to the community.

“Having a completed structure would be a much greater benefit to the community than having a structure which has been incomplete and in process for the better part of three years now,” he told the board.

The building has been abandoned for three years by the previous construction company, which halted its work in 2008.

The building has received 14 complaints on the Department of Building's website and the DOB has received two “class 2” major construction violations, three “non hazardous” construction violations and one “class 1” immediately hazardous violation last May, in which the respondent, Salvantine Lisciandrello, failed to appear at the hearing.

The Land Use Committee will meet again in January and the board will vote on the item at its January 18th meeting.

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