This case features a new twist in the “New Inappropriate Model” of overdevelopment that BP Oddo has been discussing.
The proposal calls for the construction of 5 houses on Cunard Avenue on a portion of that street that is unmapped and unbuilt. There is no feasible access these new homes, so the developer purchased a 50 foot wide residential parcel on nearby Cedar Terrace, which they propose to use for the sole purpose of constructing a private road to access the new homes on the unmapped portion of Cunard Avenue. If constructed, the new portion of Cunard will not be connected to the existing portion of the opened and traveled portion of the street, and will not be maintained by the city.
“This will inevitably lead to new quality of life issues for residents who currently enjoy the solitude of the existing natural features, but who may be looking at a future of watching cars driving on the new private road next to their homes and UPS or FedEx trucks struggling to safely navigate a street they can’t find,” noted BP Oddo. “This will also compromise public safety for all, particularly those who buy the new homes, due to potential emergency response delays as responders search for those properties. We will keep Staten Islanders updated on the BSA’s decision, and I will continue to fight such inappropriate and misguided development.”
The zoning text limits residential uses on this lot to single- or two-family detached, semi-detached or zero lot line buildings. The text does not permit a private road on a residentially-zoned property if there is no residential use on the lot.