It’s a battle that neighbors admit they lost. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop talking about it or watching their neighborhood.
Along 216th Street at the corner of 51st Avenue in Bayside Hills, Queens, a house is being constructed on a lot that already has a house. The owner of the pie-shaped property applied for a variance to build another structure and in October 2011, the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) approved it. That’s after the local community board, Queens borough president, the Council Member and City Council speaker voiced their opposition.
Neighbors argued it changed the look and character of the community. Members of the BSA are appointed by the mayor and their decision is final.
This month, the new structure started to ride and the Bayside Hills Community Association gave reporter Greg Mocker a call.
Mocker talked to the owner of the property. The owner says all plans are being followed as submitted.
The Executive Director of the BSA told Mocker: “Once a variance is granted, the Department of Buildings enforces compliance with the approval. The applicant must return to the Board if they are seeking to extend the term of the variance (if the variance does have a term) or if they seek to amend the approval.”