Long-vacant boat store cited as nuisance
Accused of violating the city's nuisance ordinance, the owner of a vacant building that used to be a boat store is scheduled to appear in Taylor Lake Village municipal court next week.
Mayor Natalie O'Neill said the building has high grass as well as upkeep issues and has been a popular target of vandals. The building's windows have been broken, the copper wiring of its rooftop air-conditioners was stolen, and the water to its fire suppression system was turned on, which caused flooding, she said.
The building has been vacant for at least three years, O'Neill said. She described it as being in pretty bad shape."
Isaac Malekan of Long Island-based Lakeview Towers LLC owns the building, which is just east of the corner of NASA Parkway and Kirby Boulevard.
Malekan faces a fine of up to $2,065 but has pleaded not guilty, said Mandy Saenz, the city's court administrator. His court appearance is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.
Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful. The city does not have a telephone number for him and only has a mailing address for him in Mineola, N.Y., Saenz said.
Unfortunately, I don't know what the city can do to force him in to development if he doesn't have the money or if the bank isn't loaning him the money or whatever is going on," O'Neill said. He's not submitting anything to us. Those are his personal, private reasons."
O'Neill said the last time that she spoke to Malekan was almost a month ago. During that conversation, he said he planned to build four stories of condominiums, apartments or hotel rooms above a grocery store, she said.
But Malekan has not submitted any plans to the city after promising to do so by the end of last month, O'Neill said. The city would have to approve the project, she said.
He just talks," O'Neill said. Talk, talk, that's all we get."
Malekan has had grand visions for the property in the past. In 2007, Lakeview Towers LLC unveiled plans for a mixed-use high-rise development on the site consisting of retail space and residential condominiums in twin 19-story buildings. The development was to be 250-feet tall with 300 residential units ranging from 1,150 square feet to over 3,000 square feet.
The future of the former boat store is important to the city because it is one of its few commercial properties and is along the main road to the city, O'Neill said.
We would like to see something happen with it," she said.
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