2007-09-21 / Community

City Stops Work On New Rite-Aid Pharmacy

By Howard Schwach

The steel framework for the new Rite-Aid Pharmacy that stands at the corner of Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is not as approved by the city and a Stop Work Order has been issued. That stop work order can be seen at the right side of the construction fence in this recent photograph. The steel framework for the new Rite-Aid Pharmacy that stands at the corner of Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is not as approved by the city and a Stop Work Order has been issued. That stop work order can be seen at the right side of the construction fence in this recent photograph. Work has been halted on the new Rite-Aid Pharmacy facility at Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard because inspectors found that undersized steel girders had been used for the building's skeleton, a spokesperson for the Department of Buildings has said.

"On August 27, the Department of Buildings issued a Stop Work Order for work that did not conform to approved plans" for the planned one-story commercial building, Caroline Sullivan, a spokesperson for the city agency, told The Wave this week.

She said that the inspectors found that the steel girders that make up the frame for the building are "undersized and had been installed contrary to approved plans."

The building, at 106-40 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, at the corner of 108 Street, is scheduled to become a new, 15,264 square-foot Rite-Aid with a mezzanine and a drive-in-window. Planned for the land adjacent to the building is a 52-car parking lot.

The property is owned by Efstathios Valiotis, whose family owns the Surfside Houses, located across Rockaway Beach Boulevard from the new pharmacy.

Residents at Surfside Houses have told The Wave that maintenance staff at the housing complex have been involved as well with putting up the steel framework and that construction detritus from the construction site is often dumped on the housing complex grounds.

The land where the new pharmacy is being built is owned by a company named Beach 109 Street Associates. That company has the same telephone number as Alma Realty, the company that operates the Surfside Houses. Calls to that number for comment on the Stop Work Order went unreturned.

Sullivan said that, to get a Stop Work Order lifted, the contractor must hire a licensed professional to file documents amending the plans by reflecting the work that was done.

"The Buildings Department will review the amendment for compliance with building and zoning regulations," Sullivan said. "If the plans are found to be compliant, the Stop Work Order will be lifted." She added that no amended plans had yet been filed with the agency for that particular job.

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