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CB 11 opposes completion of Huang’s Bayside homes

Community Board 11 voted not to approve a project being constructed in Bayside by developer Tommy Huang to proceed.
By Nathan Duke

Community Board 11 voted unanimously to oppose the completion of several homes that were constructed in Bayside more than five years ago by controversial developer Tommy Huang.

The board voted 37-0 against allowing Huang to finish the project, which has drawn numerous complaints, violations and stop-work orders since the developer acquired the property in 2002 and began constructing four homes at the site.

“This person’s work has been so sketchy over the years,” board member Victor Mimoni said of Huang.

The developer could not be reached for comment. The four buildings are located at 39-39 223rd St. and along Mia Drive near the Cross Island Parkway in Bayside.

The site’s lot had previously held one lot.

The homes had mostly been completed several years ago, but Huang’s application to CB 11 asked the board to allow him to complete the project on the grounds that he had incurred considerable financial expenditures.

But Christine Haider, the board’s first vice chairman, said CB 11’s zoning committee believed “it was a self-created hardship.”

Huang has been attempting to obtain certificates of occupancy for the homes.

Huang has long been considered a notorious developer in Queens. In 1999, he was convicted of a felony for a 1996 oil spill in the basement of the landmarked RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing, which he purchased in 1986.

He also bought the 200-year-old Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows in 2003 with plans to construct 18 two-family homes at the site, but he has since put the property up for sale.

A total of 54 complaints have been filed against the property.

Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at nduke@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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