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Miller, HDC Mystery Resolved by Gary G. Toms

Miller, HDC Mystery Resolved by Gary G. Toms

Miller, HDC Mystery Resolved by Gary G. Toms

In a front page story that was run a few weeks ago, entitled "It’s Miller Time! Controversy Hits 94th Street", many from the community were upset that developer Jonathan Miller was constructing new housing at the site. After investigating the situation, The WAVE determined that Miller was able to build on the property as result of an "as-of-right" clause that is part of the R6 zoning guideline.

This clause basically states that as long as the developer was within all of the zoning and regulation guidelines, he was cleared by the city to build on the property. It went on to say that Miller did not require the permission of the Community Board or local organizations to start construction in the designated area.

In the weeks that have followed, a number of residents have continued to voice their opposition. A community activist, Joelle Ballonzoli, recently contacted The WAVE and stated the following:

"We, residents of 90 to 94 Street, were told by some elected representatives, and Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, that in our area R6 zoning is giving freedom to some owners to build up to 12 story buildings on their property. This is right. However, when a developer/owner is using a loan provided by the New York City Housing Development Corporation (NYCHDC), as in the case of Danley General Contractors Corp/Rockaway Shore LLC (Jonathan Miller), there are some limitations and conditions that have to be fulfilled."

She contends that in order obtain the loan from the HDC, Miller has to meet with the approval of the community, and he has failed to do so up to this point.

The WAVE was able to obtain information from the website, and we contacted the HDC to find out if Miller obtained the loan without meeting or consulting with the community.

"Mr. Miller is building on an as-of-right lot. He has met all of the zoning and R6 guidelines and does not have to meet with the approval of the community or community board. This applies to the loan that was issued as well," said Sarah Miles, an HDC representative. Miles went on acknowledge Miller’s development history by saying, "This developer has proven to have a very good relationship with the community and has a 30 year track record of success as a builder. In that time span, we have never had a problem with him. He has always complied with the rules."

If you would like to obtain more information regarding the role of the HDC, in relation to the construction on Beach 90 through 94 Street, you can log on to www.nychdc.org.

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