Retired New York City firefighter Kevin Lynch, owner of a Whitestone, Queens home that is unmissable during the holiday season, has a little help this year paying his undoubtedly pricey electric bill. [more]
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The largest development parcel in Queens is up for sale, but a buyer is going to struggle to build anything other than 52 single-family homes on the 18-acre, waterfront site. The New York Daily News reported that the former industrial site 151-45 6th Road hit the market in December with Stephen Preuss, first vice president of sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services, who said it will “sell for a very deep discount.” [more]
The largest development site in Queens is on the block, Crain’s reports.
The 18-acre property, at 151-45 Sixth Road in Queens’ Whitestone neighborhood, has been approved for 52 single-family homes, Stephen Preuss, vice president of sales at Massey Knakal, which is exclusively marketing the property, told Crain’s. In addition, the plot includes six underwater acres that could be used to build docks or a marina, Preuss said.
The previous owner defaulted on his loan and the site was foreclosed on by the lender, Preuss said.
As construction and concrete testing companies and their executives increasingly come under fire in the city, one concrete testing company has received a bit of good news. A State Supreme Court judge ordered the city Department of Buildings to grant a hearing to a Whitestone-based concrete testing company that was denied one after applying to renew its license to operate in New York. The firm, Big Apple Testing, filed suit in January after DOB refused to reinstate its license, claiming the firm previously continued to operate after its license had expired Sept. 15, 2008.
Judge Alice Schlesinger denied a request by the firm to have its license automatically reinstated, but said DOB must give the firm an opportunity to present its case in a face-to-face meeting. “I find that the allegations [against Big Apple], at least in part, appear to be of a rather technical nature and do not appear to smack of fraud or unsafe practices,” Schlesinger wrote in her March 1 opinion, released on March 4. “As was pointed out in the petition, BAT has been conducting business pursuant to a license renewal since 1992, a period of 17 years, apparently without event except for license renewals occasionally filed for [sic] late but always granted.” … [more]
The city’s Department of Buildings is facing litigation from concrete testing company Big Apple Testing, a Queens-based firm whose license renewal was denied last September amid a citywide crackdown on concrete testing standards.
Big Apple Testing filed a so-called Article 78 suit against the buildings department Monday, asking the court for an injunction that would reinstate its concrete testing license or compel the agency to hold a hearing on the case.
Stuart Klein, attorney for Big Apple Testing, said no legitimate reason was given for the license denial, and speculated that the buildings department is looking to secretly weed out certain firms to cover for a widening scandal about construction defects.
“They’re being cute,” Klein said. “They look for guys that are coming up for renewal and say, ‘we won’t renew your license.’ There appears to be no presentation of evidence and you’re effectively boxing against shadows.”
Court filings show that Big Apple had been licensed to test concrete for more than 18 years, involving thousands of sites per year. The firm has annual revenue of more than $900,000. Klein did not have specific details about previous projects the firm worked on. A formal hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20. … [more]