NY1 For You: Annoyances Clear Out Of Queens Vacant Lot
Residents in Douglaston, Queens who were annoyed at a vacant lot in the neighborhood being used illegally as a storage facility have finally received relief. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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A vacant lot in Douglaston, Queens was driving neighbors crazy, as they said the owners of the property were using it as a storage facility.
"Every morning, there's comings and goings of loading and unloading the equipment, beeping noises, clanging, metal, steel grates," said neighbor Tom Macaluso. "It sounds like you're in a middle of a construction site in a manufacturing zoning, not this beautiful residential area."
"They come like midday with big rigs, they use it as a commercial property," said resident Constantine Askaridis.
When NY1 first reported on the problem two months ago, the news station had the Department of Building's Padlocks Unit actively investigate if the space was a public nuisance.
According to DOB officials, such storage of construction equipment was not permitted under the area's zoning.
"I'm living in a construction zone," said Macaluso.
"I live across the street and it's a real eyesore," said Askaridis.
Now, to the delight of residents, the vacant lot is the way it should be -- empty.
"Oh thank goodness NY1 took care of the problem," said Macaluso. "It's a pleasure that you don't no longer hear these clanking industrial sounds in this lovely neighborhood."
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