Halloran Testifies Against Proposed Variance in Bayside Hills
Councilmember Dan Halloran spoke out on behalf of concerned Bayside Hills residents at a hearing yesterday before the City’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) in Manhattan opposing the proposed variance at 50-20 216th St.
The neighborhood is composed of single-family residences and has a unique residential character, which would be compromised by the variance. The area is currently zoned R2A, designating single-family homes on lots that are a minimum 40x100 feet in size.
“Granting this variance would waive the side and backyard requirements and would allow the proposed new structure to be built extremely close to the existing home,” Halloran said. “Legalizing this proposed building would be in direct violation of the R2A zone. Approval of this variance will adversely impact the overall character of this low-density neighborhood and open the door for future developers.”
Halloran also pointed out that the owner took title to the property after R2A zoning was in effect and then created his own hardship by subdividing the lot.