NY1 For You: Officials Look Into Vacant Queens Lot But Noise Problems Remain
A vacant lot that is being used as a construction storage space in a residential Queens neighborhood is now being brought to the attention of local authorities in this follow-up report, but neighbors say the noise pollution remains unsolved. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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Boarded up and filled with construction equipment, a vacant lot is unwelcome to locals on a residential street in Douglaston, Queens.
Neighbors claim the owners of the property are using it as a storage place.
"I'm living in a construction zone," says neighbor Tom Macaluso. "Every morning, there's comings and goings of loading and unloading the equipment, beeping noises, clanging, metal, steel grates. It sounds like you're in a middle of a construction in a manufacturing zoning, not this beautiful residential area."
"I live across the street and it's a real eyesore," says neighbor Constantine Askaridis. "They come like midday with big rigs, they use it as a commercial property."
According to the Department of Buildings, such storage of construction equipment is not permitted in the area's zoning.
The DOB's Padlocks Unit is currently investigating if it is a public nuisance.
"It's very, very frustrating, but I've looked at the city, they supposedly followed up. I've looked to Senator [Tony] Avella, he's supposedly followed up, but I don't think they're being given the correct information, which is why I'm with you," says Macaluso.
After NY1's first story on this lot aired, Avella contacted the station and said his office is working to expedite the process.
"The Department of Buildings has to be much more aggressive in addressing these type of situations," Avella says. "We should be able to tell this construction company, 'You know what? We're going to seize those containers.' Now obviously, that’s what the Padlock Unit will do, they'll padlock it so the owners can’t get their equipment out. But it should be done in a much more quicker process."
When NY1 reached out to the DOB again, officials said they were still investigating and will take appropriate action based on their findings.
The owner, H & S Landscaping, has yet to return the station's phone calls.
NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.
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