2016-03-02 / Front Page

Homeowner Battles To Void Historic District

By Liz Goff
A Queens homeowner is asking a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to declare the Jackson Heights Historic District “null and void” in an effort to keep a newly-installed fence around her property.

The problem started in 2014k when homeowner Yu Chen Li replaced a fence around her home on 83rd Street that does not comply with design standards set by LPC, for buildings in the Jackson Heights Historic District, an LPC spokesperson said.

The LPC said in its initial decision that the  fence features a brick base and posts, making it much different than the simpler-looking fences on other houses in the Historic District.

The panel approved the fence, but requested that Li remove the brick and replace it with a fence and gate that match the design of others in the neighborhood, that was declared a landmark in 1993.

Li said in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that the “LPC demand is based on micromanaged personal whims” and is petitioning the court to remove the landmark status of the neighborhood.

An LPC spokesperson said the commission’s decision on the fence is “consistent based on the design of other fences in the Jackson Heights Historic District.”

LPC officials refused further comment on the pending court action.

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