BY JON CRONIN
The Glendale YGS Yeshiva on 88th Street has been issued a violation of the initial certificate of occupancy.
Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5, said in September when the Yeshiva came before the board to pitch their expansion plan of upgrading their dorms from housing approximately 300 students to over 700, “We didn’t realize that that many students were sleeping there.”
Giordano reported that students were sleeping at the facility to the Department of Buildings in mid-September and asked them to audit their certificate of occupancy. Last week the DOB cited the Yeshiva for not complying with their initial certificate.
Alexander Schnell, a spokesperson for the DOB stated, “The violation was issued for building occupancy contrary to the Certificate of Occupancy.”
He noted that to somehow resolve the violation or the Yeshiva would have to get the DOB to change that certificate.
Abraham Markowitz, the Yeshiva’s property manager and community liaison, declined to comment and referred discussion of the issue to their attorney in Brooklyn, Jay Goldstein. As of press time, Goldstein did not return a request for comment after repeated phone calls and emails.
At the last CB 5 meeting, the board voted in favor of the Land Use Committee’s decision that the proposed expansion would be out of character with the neighborhood. The expansion was also met coldly by much of the community. A petition was passed around stating that the Yeshiva does not contribute to the surrounding neighborhood and deceived them by installing dormitories without seeking approval from the community board or the city.
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