RAMAPO, N.Y. -- A stop work order has been issued by the Ramapo Building Department following a court hearing that outlined how the builder of Viola Estates was illegally adding extra apartment spaces to townhouses under construction in the development, according to lohud.com.
The accessory apartments were discovered after neighbors commissioned an on-site inspection that found extra piping, wiring and plumbing in the basements and upper floors of the homes in the 44-home development, said lohud.com.
After receiving the report, the neighbors took the matter to court asking the judge to close down the project, added lohud.com.
The judge delayed making any decision until another hearing on Friday, but the Building Department issued a stop work order on the grounds there were additions to the townhouses not included in the plans approved by the city, said lohud.com.
Steve Mogel, the neighbor's attorney, cautioned the group not to depend on the building department for resolution, pointing to the department's close association to Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia, who is under indictment on 100 felony charges for allegedly making deals with builders and developers, added lohud.com.
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