The requested variance to build a house at 610 Lake Avenue, which I mentioned yesterday, was denied by the Zoning Board of Appeals last night.
In my experience, something will eventually be built here, almost certainly a structure that will offend the objecting neighbor more than the current plan, because first attempts in these sort of cases are usually designed to minimize any intrusion on neighbors’ sight lines and that, of course, is no longer a consideration once a variance is denied – the next house plan will be designed specifically to avoid the need for a variance, the neighbor’s wishes be damned. I’ve seen that happen, again and again.
I myself warned off two protective buyers from considering this site precisely because of the complexity of attempting to replace the dilapidated structure that stands there now.Neighbors always object to change of any kind, and any sort of reasonable house to be built here was going to require a variance and thus be at the mercy of third parties.
The poor land owners here didn’t receive the benefit of my advice because, perhaps because they are Chinese, they chose a Realtor who claims to be a certified Feng Shui expert. That will come in handy when it’s time to choose a color for the front door and the placement of windows, but is absolutely useless in building a structure in which to hang those things in the first place.