Community Board 11 approved a variance for a Bayside automotive repair shop and a spokesman for the 111th Precinct talked about recent crime statistics during the board’s meeting on Monday night.
The board voted unanimously in favor of a variance for Genesis Auto Service, located at 200-15 Northern Blvd.
No representatives for the auto repair shop showed up at the meeting.
Genesis’ application asked for a variance that would expire in 2019 and did not call for any changes to be made to its property.
Christine Haider, first vice chairwoman of the board, said CB 11’s East Flushing/North Bayside Zoning Committee had several requirements for the auto shop.
“No repairs can be done in the street or on the sidewalk,” she said. “The sidewalk cannot be blocked and overnight trucks cannot be parked unless they are waiting for service.”
But board member Henry Euler also pointed out that the shop’s previous variance expired in 1999.
“It’s been almost 15 years that they’ve not had a certificate of occupancy,” he said. “The color of the exterior of the building is hot pink. We’ve gotten a lot of complaints from residents. It’s disturbing to them.”
But no board members ended up voting against the variance for the auto shop.
And Gary Poggiali, the community affairs officer for the 111th Precinct, dropped by the meeting to discuss recent crime statistics.
“For our 28 days, total crime is down 14 percent,” he said. “For the year, we’re down two percent.”
He told attendees at the meeting to be sure not to leave bags in the front seats of their cars while shopping for holiday presents.