May 20, 2013 By Christian Murray
Community Board 2, which represents Sunnyside and surrounding neighborhoods, has requested that the New York City Department of Buildings review a developer’s plans calling for the construction of a nine-story residential building on 43rd Street.
Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, reached out to the DOB last week calling on the city agency to review the proposed plan for 41-18 43rd St. He said it appears that the developer’s 9-story plan might be in violation of zoning regulations.
The site is zoned R 7A, which comes with a maximum height of height of 80 feet. Experts say that the typical floor height is 10 feet, which indicate the plan might be in breach of zoning regulations.
The community board did not get to see the plan ahead of time– since it only reviews landuse applications when a developers reports that he/she does not meet code and seeks a waiver.
Since Sunnysiders learned of the scale of the development, the Department of Buildings has been flooded with phone calls from upset residents.