BYLAWS REVISED: After taking heat from a group of neighbors upset about a drug treatment facility proposed for Kings Highway, Community Board 15 voted to revise a section of their bylaws that would require more intense community outreach in the run-up to a hearing for similar facilities in the future.
The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be tonight, April 17, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street. The meeting will focus on community news, a new flood zone plan, DOB plans, and more. A number of public officials will be in attendance.
Scheduled speakers include an expert on solar energy and a representative from the MTA to discuss the community’s issues with the buses on Oriental Boulevard.
For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.
Built for expansion: This owner of this Beaumont Street home violated the terms of their special application, so they tore down their home and rebuilt this structure so they could apply again. (Source: CB15)
“Bullet Points” is our format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.
Enlargement denied: Community Board 15 said a Manhattan Beach homeowner’s request to expand his home would set a bad precedent after learning that the homeowner previously dodged zoning laws, got caught, tore down his home and rebuilt it – all to try for the permit for a second time.
Owners of the home at 282 Beaumont Street, one house in from the water, sought to expand their two-story home by adding a third story, bulking out the building in the front and the rear, and doubling the floor area allowed by zoning standards. But, during questioning at the public hearing, Community Board members expressed concern that the homeowner had previously got caught dodging zoning, and rebuilt a shoddy house with the intention of coming before the Board for a new application.
“Since [violating zoning laws and having the permits revoked,] the owners constructed a new home that appears to be purposely built to be destroyed,” said neighbor Samuel Falack, who lives on the block and also spoke on behalf of the Manhattan Beach Community Group. “It has a shabbily built second floor and a flat roof that has pipes leading to what they hope will be an attic or a third floor with the expectation that a second special permit will be granted.”
Falack called the application disingenuous, and urged the Board to oppose it.
Community Board 15 is meeting today, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulavard) in the faculty dining room. Please note that the meeting is a week earlier this month than usual.
On the agenda is a public hearing on the following zoning item:
282 Beaumont Street - An application for a Special Permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
There will also be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.
Sheepshead Bay honored the Auxiliary Police Officers of the 61st Precinct this past Wednesday evening for their hard work and dedication after Superstorm Sandy.
The auxiliary force of the 61st Precinct, the city’s largest, is an all-volunteer force who’ve come together to assist local NYPD operations by performing uniformed patrols. After Sandy, auxiliary units were deployed to hard-hit areas, including Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach.
The officers received plaques, certificates, and standing ovations from community leaders and locals at Wednesday night’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting. Neighbors joined together to celebrate the communal effort to get Sheepshead Bay back on its feet after October’s disastrous hurricane.
“Because of them, we felt assured our lives were coming back to normal,” said one local.
Officers responded graciously.
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give,” said one of auxiliary’s recipients.
Congratulations to the following officers:
A/LT Joseph Bognar
A/LT Yassir Sadik
A/SGT Jonathan Legarreta
A/SGT John Ramnauth
A/SGT Ray Santiago
APO Victor Arazi
APO Thomas Brown
APO Steven Diaz
APO Richard Farnum
APO Grigory Grigoryants
APO Lior Levin
APO Samuel Modovan
APO Vitaliy Molnar
APO Hector Oquendo
APO Alfredo Perez
APO Aleksandr Toyb
If you’re interested in becoming an Auxiliary Police Officer, you can apply online.