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Illegal curb cut, illegal paving of front yard Archived

274-278 Knight St Providence, RI 02909, USA Show on Map Hide Map
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This property was developed in 2005. Site plans were submitted to Dept of Inspections and Standards on 10/2/03 clearly identifying developers intention to close an old curb cut on Knight street and open a new one at only 33% of Carpenter street side frontage, while only paving a an area running along the right side of the house from the street. The DPW gave their approval for these plans on 8/23/2005. The developer did not follow what was supposed to be done regarding the curb cuts and paving. This was reported to Jeffery Lykins of Dept of Inspections and Standards on 7/14/2010. No action was taken. An informational packet was delivered to the Mayors office on 8/9/2010. No action was taken. Originator of packet followed up with Mayors office on 8/23/10. That same day Director of Inspections & Standards Sheila McGauvern was made aware and had conversation with concerned neighbor indicating she would send an inspector and issue a violation notice if one was found. Property owner would then have 30 days to appeal to zoning. Sheila expressed her personal opinion to concerned neighbor that she didn't see this as a problem, the problem has existed before she and others took their positions, and even if found to be in violation, no one could truly enforce the issue. She was told a law is a law, it was her job only to enforce and not personally interpret. Again, she is director of this department.

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