Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Faith Bible Is Proposing A Church That Can Hold 730 People

But they are only designing parking for 252 people.  This is Yorktown, so it should sail through the approval process, right?

Please note that all images below--except the 1968 NYC Building Code--are taken from the signed and sealed architectural plans in the planning board file.  I've pored over the plans for 2 years now.  I can say that Larry Dalfino (the church's architect), who I see in the Manhattan DOB occasionally since he has an office on Park Ave South and seems to do most of his work there, needs a little refresher course on the pertinent codes for this project.

I think he forgot that he:

a) can't invoke the 1968 NYC building code to claim "non-simultaneous occupancy"; if Larry Dalfino can find any NY State code or Local Law in Yorktown that has any mention of "non-simultaneous occupancy," I will let him punch me in the mouth.  Parking is is regulated by zoning, not building code.  Come on Larry.

b) even if Mr. Dalfino was proposing this project in NYC, he couldn't claim non-simultaneous occupancy for the ENTIRE FLOOR.  I hate to publicly dope slap a licensed professional, but here it goes:

From the 1968 NYC Building Code (the only code in the nation that has any mention of this concept).

First Floor Plan of 378 people (the 6 classrooms of 19 each convert into an auditorium of 320 people).

Detail of the classrooms convertible to an auditorium of 325 people.  That's contradictory to the table, but no one really looks at these plans, they just listen to Al Capellini.
 2nd Floor occupancy of 344 (I'm not even going to include the AV mezzanine in the occupant load, since Mr. Dalfino doesn't either.

 It's amazing this application has made it this far, in this form.

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