Developer Fights To Maintain Inexperienced Haven Over Violating NYC Codes

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A developer’s country-style rooftop retreat within the West Village is below risk from metropolis bureaucrats who say his bucolic porch and meadow aren’t as much as code.

David Puchkoff prices in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court docket that the Division of Buildings wrongly ordered him to pay a $1,200 advantageous and acquire a brand new certificates of occupancy in September for his 1,200-square-foot backyard getaway overlooking Greenwich St.

He suspects a neighbor complained to town about his distinctive inexperienced rooftop with spectacular views of the Empire State Constructing.

“Someone would not like it-I do not know what that is all about,” Puchkoff, 78, informed the Day by day Information.

“Why would a neighbor file a grievance about it? It has been there for 15 years.”

Puchkoff accomplished the undertaking in 2003 — and pointed to paperwork from town approving his plans. The roof of the six-story constructing is roofed in seven inches of soil and layers of padding that present water for crops and shield the roof, in response to a 2006 story within the New York Occasions. Birds, bees and different bugs are a frequent presence on the meadow in hotter climate.

The porch construction encompasses a sink, two home windows, a display screen door and an outside eating desk. Guests can attain the porch by way of a “nautical stairway” from Puchkoff’s loft condominium, which he shares along with his spouse and daughter.

Puchkoff mentioned acquiring a brand new certificates of occupancy could be extraordinarily expensive.

The authorized combat may price him $30,000 if it ends in his favor, he estimated. He seeks an order overturning an Environmental Management Board choice imposing the penalty.

“It is not honest, I’ve already met all the principles and laws,” he mentioned.

A Regulation Division spokesman mentioned the papers had been below evaluate.

 
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