So far, 7-Eleven has been nothing but a ball ache for their new neighbors. During the 13-month construction phase of the diabetes-friendly junk food shack, 7-Eleven managed to crack apartment walls and allow a young woman’s apartment to be raided in the middle of the night by 4 men.
Then there’s the industrial AC units, three of them to be exact. 7-Eleven dug deep into the narrow air shaft behind the building to install them. To be up to code, the units need to be at least 14 feet from the residents windows. These units are 14 inches away from the residents windows, their bedroom windows to be exact. There is a New York City Department of Buildings Partial Stop Work Order in effect, which 7-Eleven blatantly disregarded to remove the plywood shed and install their new awning and sign.
Calls to 311 have been made. Council Member Rosie Mendez was also made aware of the problems surrounding the construction and AC units. Her office opened up a case to look into the complaints and closed it a month later without any follow-up information. Just. Plain. Dropped. It. Thanks Rosie!
Will 7-Eleven be allowed to rack up and pay fine after fine for these illegally placed AC units or will someone step up to the plate and help the residents of 170 Avenue A?