Friday, October 11, 2013

CB3 hearing on illegal rooftop additions at 515 E. 5th St. re-scheduled for another month

The illegal rooftop additions at 515 E. Fifth St. were on the docket for Wednesday night's CB3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee meeting.

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) had previously ruled that landlord Ben Shaoul needs to remove the 6th and 7th floors. However, his attorneys are requesting that the city grant a zoning variance to "permit the constructed enlargement, minus the penthouse, to remain."

And how did this go? A tenant reported that "the landlord pulled out of the CB3 hearing at the last minute. They have re-scheduled it for next month."

In 2008, the BSA decreed that the additions were illegal and should be removed.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Never-ending battle wages on over additional floors at 515 E. Fifth St.


Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

This is confusing. Aren't appeals of BSA decisions handled in court?

Anonymous said...

He should have checked the law and applied for the proper permits before building this- now he should deconstruct it at his own expense and pay a hefty fine. If they said it was illegal 5 years ago then he is just dragging his feet and maybe making money per month on his illegal structure- Tired of this- the health dep't has a huge enforcement force that cracks down on the tiniest infractions, but the DOB must have like 2 people working for them and they have no time to do their jobs apparently.

Mark Hand The Catchman said...

What happens to the people who live there... is it rental or condo?
No matter Ben Shoul will grease the right plams and get his way.