Reader Mail: Permit Pains…
Construction HELL in Hoboken?
Hoboken411 reader Joe had sent me an email yesterday morning, originally complaining about how he had received a hefty fine for not having the proper permit for his own construction, while Filippo’s Pizza on Washington Street is “closed for renovations,” yet had no permit in site!
However, when I went to investigate myself, it seems Filippo’s DID have a permit…
He elaborates and senses fishy business…
Joe had emailed the city inquiring why Filippo’s was doing demo without a permit – they responded “A copy of your e-mail was sent to Construction Code Official. The ceiling tiles does not need a permit to be replaced but they do have permits for other work. If you have any other questions please contact the Construction Code Office on 201-420-2066.”
“Interesting… there haven’t been permits posted for three days! Maybe they didn’t put them up until they were doing work that necessitated permits – or they were informed someone complained and granted them.
The whole Construction Office is amazing. I’m a taxpaying resident who was issued a STOP WORK order & had to wait at least two months before starting work again. It was like a 10-step process that kept going and going and going:
- I had to wait for a notice to come in the mail (2 weeks)
- go to city hall to pay it (immediately)
- processing (2 weeks)
- make an appointment for inspection (2 weeks)
- and then be granted OK to move ahead (2 weeks)
Yet, some residents or businesses never seem to have this problem? Are they connected?
A perfect example is Bloom Spa on Washington. They were issued a STOP WORK order – yet magically were doing construction again a week or two later. How is it that they moved ahead so quickly?
Not trying to be a crying baby about this, only trying to bring up the issue of favoritism & loose/convenient enforcement by Al Arezzo’s office.”
HAVE YOU HAD SIMILAR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR PERMITS & CONSTRUCTION?