Hobokenpix: Who approved this?

8/7/2009:

Been meaning to post this for a while…

Zoning retardation?

I’ll admit I’m a bit lazy sometimes. Tired too. I could have easily “done research” and sifted through historical records (if they exist) and get all sorts of details about these two buildings along Park Avenue (at 8th Street).

How would anything like this be approved?

What did they say at the meeting? “Hey – you can still see out of the window – APPROVED!”

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5 Comments on "Hobokenpix: Who approved this?"

NotBornButRaised
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NotBornButRaised

Like elainetyger said, the buildings have been that way for at least 20 years. The orange building’s entrance is on the 8th street side while the red building is on Park Avenue.

I grew up on that block and in the late 80’s/early 90’s we used to play baseball in that parking lot when it was empty using the orange building as our backstop. Back then the wall was bare except for a few wires. We never had long games because Frank, who is/was the super and/or owner of the red building, would eventually yell at us and chase us away. Sometimes people would even yell at us through those partially covered windows. We always that was funny. We would then play in front of 800 and 802 Park across the street, or in front of Brandt School, or sometimes right in the middle of the street.

Elainetyger, if you lived in that red building or in that area back then, perhaps you remember us. I am sorry if we caused any problems, we didn’t know any better back then.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Those buildings have been that way for over 20 years.

It was sad watching the condos go up across the street from the ambulance corps, as the windows on the upper floors of 700 Clinton Street were covered over. It must suck one day having light and then the next day never again.

cheryl44
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cheryl44

Can I borrow a cup of sugar?

mooshu
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mooshu

Sheesh. Talk about getting close and personal.

personalt
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personalt
from a zoning standpoint I dont think there is anything wrong with this. Sure it looks weird but I dont think there is a zoning issue. It is safe to assume red building went up first. You are allowed to put windows on the party wall side of the property line however you always assume a risk that the guy next to you is going to build on the lot next to you along the same property line and cover your windows. If you put windows allowing the party line you dont have a legal standing if the guy next to you wants to build up and block your view. You see that in town from time to time and normally the windows just get closed in. One of the other zoning requirements is setback. In many cases the setback requirement is something like zero or 10′. Meaning your house either needs to line up with the property line or be 10′ (or some consistant distance) back. This way all the houses line up. So the orange house guy decides to build his house. That is actually the side of the orange guys house(see google streetview). All he needs to do is comply with the side yard setback. I bet that house is set back some standard amount, maybe 10′ or 20′. That just happens to line up with those windows. Guy in red house decides he would rather have some light then no light and doesnt close in his… Read more »
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