The problem that dominated Nily Rozic’s town hall last week seemed to have reared its head again at Community Board 7’s meeting Monday night: An abnormally large amount of rooms in so-called ‘two-family’ houses.
Attorney Michael Michnias came to speak regarding the construction of two three-story, two-family dwelling on a mapped but unbuilt portion of Ash Avenue, with the addresses 42-29 and 42-31 149th Street. The project needed to face a vote from CB 7 because it was being built on an unmapped street.
The vote to approve the project might have been relatively routine, but board members quickly expressed suspicion that the houses were intended to be used as a boarding house rather than kept as two-family units as the application stated.
In all, each two-family house would have nine bedrooms, with two on the first floor, four on the second floor, and three on the third floor. There would also be a boiler and bathroom on each floor.
One CB 7 member asked why a boiler was needed on each floor, to which the lawyer responded “I don’t know why there’s three boilers.”
For many, that was another sign that the owner had intentions to further subdivide the property. They also noted that the number of rooms was large in proportion to the size of the lots, which are 25 feet.
The board’s frustration was further exacerbated because the architect did not have a rendering of the house for the presentation. Additionally, there were inconsistencies in the application over time in terms of number of rooms and other factors, John Tsavalos, who chaired the committee dealing with the application, said.
The final vote regarding the construction of the dwellings was 35 to zero, one abstention because of conflict of interest and zero to allow.