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CB 11 Approves Auto Shop Variance, 111th Spokesman Talks Crime Stats

Board votes in favor of variance for Bayside's Genesis Auto Service.

Gary Poggiali (l.) and Jerry Iannece (r.) speak during CB 11's meeting.
Gary Poggiali (l.) and Jerry Iannece (r.) speak during CB 11's meeting.

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.

Henry Euler December 04, 2013 at 08:26 AM
It should be pointed out that the variance application heard at the Community Board 11 hearing on Dec. 2nd was brought forth by the owner of the property, Barone Properties II, Inc. Genesis Tire and Auto Service are the lessees. As First Vice President of the Auburndale Improvement Association, my civic raised several concerns at the meeting, since the site is within our civc boundaries. They included not only the concern over the expired certificate of occupancy, but also the hours of operation of the business, the display of racks of tires in front of the business during the day, the storage of old tires in the northwest corner of the property out in the open continuously, and the color of the exterior of the building. The Board addressed all of those concerns, except for the exterior color, in conditions placed in the variance that was approved. Because the Board did address the majority of the civic's concerns, I, as a member of the Board, voted in favor of the application. The civic will continue to voice our views on this application when the ULURP process continues to the Borough President's hearing and the hearing at the Board of Standards and Appeals. Henry Euler

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