Life living next to an illegal garage has become a little more bearable for one Queens homeowner after she turned to "NY1 For You" for help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
A junkyard full of wrecked cars and tractor trailers used to be Beverley Smith's view out her front door, until she turned to NY1 For You and we helped to get the lot cleared out.
Back in May, NY1 for You told viewers about the residential property, which was being used as a commercial garage and junkyard, where vehicles blocked Smith's view and driveway.
"It is disgusting," Smith said at the time.
The homeowner said the eyesore of five years created a huge amount of noise and air pollution. To add insult to injury, Smith 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," she said.
At the time, NY1 for You searched for the owner of record, who apparently died before closing the sale of the property to another owner.
NY1 for You 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 that 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.
A DOB spokesman told NY1 for You that the agency's padlock unit is actively pursuing enforcement at the site and at this time, the case is currently awaiting disposition.
Now, two months later, the trucks and cars have finally been removed. A DOB spokesman said they will continue to monitor the site.
It's an action that Smith hopes will keep the area clean.