It was a couple years ago and I was talking with our former Building Inspector, Louis Hasbrouck and we were talking about why he approved this huge solar heated building on a dead-end street off of Prospect Street. I thought I had got the best of him, because the building was much too tall for URB. Finally Louis grew tired of the debate. “Make, you don’t understand. We approve everything.”
Mayors want the cash flow they get from new construction. Ultimately the clock ran out as the building was already going up and the neighbors decided that they were going to have to live with it and their new neighbor. This philosophy of anything goes seems to be strongest in the area adjoining downtown, where most of the buildings are commercially owned, and their owners, by and large, don’t complain about ordinary zoning matters. This building, which has all the charm of a cereal box, houses three spacious condos, an elevator, and the condos are priced at $709,000 apiece. One of my readers tells me that the owner (big drum roll) is Patrick Melnick.