City Allows Hulking Homecrest House to Continue Construction


    Despite neighbors winning a lawsuit against homeowner Joseph Druzie for building an oversized addition over an existing bungalow in Homecrest, the Brooklyn Daily reports, the Board of Standards and Appeals just deemed the building permits valid. Earlier this summer a judge ordered the Board of Standards and Appeals to review the building at 1882 East 12th Street, and it was expected that the developer would be ordered to tear the structure down. The architect, Shlomo Wygoda, had “self-certification” rights and filed his construction work as an alteration rather than a new building. But according to the Brooklyn Daily, “the Board of Standards and Appeals declared that Druzie does have vested rights and, while admitting that Wygoda should have filed for a new building permit, the agency called the error ‘administrative’ and ruled the permits valid.” As you may guess, neighbors aren’t happy. “This is one of the biggest injustices I’ve ever seen,” Community Board 15 Chairwoman Theresa Scavo told the Daily. “I mean, have you seen this thing?”

    Board Backs Bizarre Building [Brooklyn Daily]
    Neighbors Fight Hulk of Home in Homecrest [Brownstoner]

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