Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Sidewalk bridge arrives at 515 E. 5th St., site of Ben Shaoul's illegal penthouse conversion
Workers arrived late yesterday afternoon to assemble a sidewalk bridge outside 515 E. Fifth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B, where, perhaps, the long-contested penthouse will finally be removed.
A quickie recap of our previous recaps: The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) had previously ruled in 2008 that landlord Ben Shaoul needed to remove the 6th and 7th floors. However, his attorneys had requested that the city grant a zoning variance to "permit the constructed enlargement, minus the penthouse, to remain" here.
Last September, the BSA gave Shaoul 60 days to complete demolition. Upon documentation of the removal, the BSA would then consider granting the assorted zoning variances to keep the 6th floor. The work permit to remove the penthouse was filed on Feb. 4 and approved on April 2, according to DOB documents.
According to the Tenants Association of 515 East Fifth Street, the hearing on the zoning and Multiple Dwelling Law variances is next Tuesday, May 12.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] 5 years later, another BSA hearing on illegal rooftop addition at 515 E. Fifth St.
Protest at 515 E. Fifth St. this morning, site of Ben Shaoul's illegal addition
The disappearing illegal penthouse of 514-516 E. 6th St.
Never-ending battle wages on over additional floors at 515 E. Fifth St.
Never-ending battle over additional floors at 515 E. Fifth St. promises to keep being never-ending
CB3 not into Ben Shaoul's zoning variance for 515 E. 5th St.
Another BSA hearing on Ben Shaoul's illegal rooftop addition; plus, rent 1 of the contested units!
BSA tells Ben Shaoul to remove the illegal penthouse on East 5th Street within 60 days