Falsified Building Permits Lead to Construction in Occupied UWS Building

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
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Resident Mark Danna shows the stalled construction site. Photo source: West Side Spirit

Six tenants in an Upper West Side apartment building are left in disarray after falsified building permits led to construction in an occupied building, according to the West Side Spirit.  Jacob Avid bought the building at 315 West 103rd Street two years ago with the intention of adding a two-story rooftop and rear yard addition, but when many of the rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants refused a buyout, Avid found another way to continue his plans.  He applied for building permits stating the building was vacant and began construction while the six tenants remained in the building.  After complaints led to the city pulled Avid’s permits in July, the building was left with no construction but spotty hot water, leakages, scaffolding on the façade, and windows covered in plastic.  The tenants are now hoping for a removal of the additions created during the construction, although the steps to legally begin construction again are difficult and may take a long time.  In the meantime, the tenants, along with assembly member Daniel O’Donnell, are looking for a policy change to penalize owners like Avid, whose biggest consequence has been the order to stop construction on the building.




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