LIC biz owner says work destroying his shop
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 04, 2013 | 599 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Skordilis claims cracks in his building are due to construction being done next door.
John Skordilis claims cracks in his building are due to construction being done next door.
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One of the employees attempting to reinforce the building.
One of the employees attempting to reinforce the building.
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John Skordilis has been operating his automotive repair business at 30-07 Northern Boulevard in Long Island City since 1971, but now he says his building is falling down.

Next door to his shop, a storage facility is being built, and Skordilis believes that the pile driving on the site is causing cracks in his foundation and making his building structurally unstable.

According to Skordilis, one day a car was on a lift and the vibrations from the work next door were so intense they caused the vehicle to fall off and crash on the floor.

“Thank god no one was there,” he said. “Someone could have gotten hurt.”

Construction has been going on since March, and Skordilis quickly noticed cracks in the floors of his building.

Skordilis said that he has called the Department of Buildings at least a dozen times, and a representative from the office came out three times.

During one of those visits on July 17, an inspector issued Skordilis a summons for cracks in his building, a broken ventilation pipe and “failure to maintain building walls or appurtenances due to foundation operations at the adjacent premises.”

Skordilis wrote a letter to Derek Lee, Queens Borough commissioner for DOB, after receiving the summons to complain. He has yet to receive a response.

In the meantime, Skordilis purchased 13 pieces of steel to reinforce his building.

“We’re trying to support the building so it doesn’t collapse,” he yelled while one of his employees hammered the object into place in the basement of the facility last week. “This is not right.”

The contractor, Storage Construction Company, dismisses claims that the work is damaging the auto shop.

“The cracks had been there prior,” said a consultant for the project. “There has been no damage done to his building.”

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