The neighbors of 39 Murphy Lane have asked for a meeting with Mayor Yepsen and the city attorney to discuss the status of what was supposed to be a rehab of an old barn. As noted in an earlier post, the owner, Jean D’Agostino, has challenged the city, claiming that she does not need the variance that precipitated the original stop work order in early January. Her attorney has asserted her right to build is high as the zoning allows which would be potentially sixty feet.
There are a number of things that need to be clarified. First and foremost would be how the attorneys for the city view her attorney’s claim. I also expect the neighbors to seek clarity about the legal implications of the owner’s application in which she said that they planned to rehab the old barn and in which she explicitly stated that tearing the barn down would be a detriment to the neighborhood. There is also the question regarding the legal implications of the fact that the rehabbed barn was to be built on a slab and that instead the owner excavated beneath the structure and laid a full, raised basement.
While many of the people who read this blog do not live in close proximity to this project, in a sense we are all neighbors of the people who do. The legal implications of this project go far beyond this one neighborhood. It is very possible that the readers of this blog may find themselves facing similar circumstances in the future.
With this in mind, I am asking the readers of this blog to take the time to write, call, or email Mayor Yepsen and to urge her to organize a meeting with her staff and the neighbors so that the people being impacted can better understand their rights. It would also be helpful if people used their networks to get others to write. The letter does not have to be complicated. It can simply say something like:
Dear Mayor Yepsen:
I urge you to meet with the neighbors of 39 Murphy Lane to explore the legal implications of what had been a proposed rehab of a barn at that address. The resolution of the conflict surrounding this project will have implications throughout our city.
This is the email address for the mayor: firstname.lastname@example.org