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NY1 For You: Queens Resident Deals With Commercial Nuisance Next Door

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Annoying neighbors may be common in the city, but one Queens homeowner says a littered lot being used as a commercial garage next door is becoming more than just a nuisance. Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

"It is disgusting,” said Jamaica resident Beverley Smith.

Smith has had to live next to it for five years now. A month ago we told you about this littered lot, full of wrecked cars and tractor trailers. Smith said the residential lot was being used as a commercial garage and junk yard where vehicles blocked her view and driveway.

The homeowner said the eyesore also created a huge amount of noise and air pollution.

"There's gas smell all over the place. They are painting cars here,” she said.

To add insult to injury Smith actually received three violations for the mess at the neighboring lot.

"They realized that it's not on my property so they dismiss it and the city did nothing about it,” said Smith.

After the fed up homeowner called NY1, we searched for the owner of record who apparently died before closing the sale of the property to another owner.

NY1 then contacted the city Department of Buildings. A spokeswoman said since 2009 the department has issued seven ECB violations in response to complaints about an illegal commercial business at the location. She went on to say violations have been issued for work without permits, illegal use in a residential district, and failure to comply with the Department’s order to correct the condition. A total of $116,000 is owed in fines.

We asked DOB what action could be taken to address the situation and we were told the location would be referred to the padlock enforcement unit which removes illegal uses from residential districts.

But now a month later not much has changed and Smith is at her wits end.

NY1 contacted DOB once again and we're waiting to hear back. We will keep you updated.

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