Homecrest neighbors vow to continue construction battle

Homecrest residents have been fighting for years to stop a local building owner from erecting a home they say is illegal, but now a path

BROOKLYN - Homecrest residents have been fighting for years to stop a local building owner from erecting a home they say is illegal, but now a path has been cleared for the construction to continue. Amid a downzoning change in Homecrest five years ago, Joseph Durzieh filed for an alteration on East 12th Street and proceeded to erect a five-story building.Resident Betty Travitsky claims the Department of Buildings issued Durzieh the wrong permit."It doesn't meet the requirement for an alteration," she says. "It's a new building."The DOB, however, defended its permit, and in an appeal earlier this month the Board of Standards and Appeals agreed, saying Durzieh has a right to complete construction under the old zoning laws.Neighbors, however, say they'll continue fighting.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A picture showing White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway 1 Kellyanne Conway's feet on oval office couch heels up outrage
VIDEO: Chopper 12 over Midwood HS evacuation 2 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over Midwood HS evacuation
News 12 viewers discuss President Donald Trump addressing 3 Word on the Street: Trump addresses Congress
Edna Pierre-Jacques, 78, was found inside her Troy 4 Police rule East Flatbush woman's death suspicious
Heralding a 5 Trump sees 'new chapter of American greatness' in big speech

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE