Monday, November 23, 2009
Beverly City Council President doesn't have to follow building inspection laws
623 Broad Street (Block 46, Lot 8) is the blue half of the twin house and 625 (Block 46, Lot 9) is the white half of the twin. (Check the date on the photo)
If you go to the Burlington County Web site, click on Departments, then click on Board of Taxation, then click on Tax Record Search you enter the District via the drop down menu as well as the Block and Lot numbers for the properties to verify the information published or click on the following links, Crespo and Crispo.
You will see that Beverly City Council President Louis Crespo owns 623 Broad St and Co-owns 625 Broad St with Council Woman Elect Barbara Kelly even though Louis's last name is spelled different (Crispo instead of Crespo).
Now if you look closely at the addition that has been built on the back of the two properties, you will note that the addition does not have a party wall between the two properties. This lack of a fire party wall is a violation of the NJ building codes as well as a problem for the mortgage holders. It is also known that a doorway has been cut between the two homes without a building permit.
Mr Crespo was taken to municipal court (case was held in EP because of Mr. Crespo being on Council) and was found guilty of not applying for a building permit and was fined.
Mr Crespo then filed for a building permit but after two years has not called for an inspection and closeout. This means that the City of Beverly has not received any additional tax for the improvement and no inspectors have verified the workmanship, safety or conformance to building codes for the work done by Mr. Crespo.
Why has this flaunting of the Beverly City Zoning and Building codes being allowed?
Because Mr Crespo can do what he wants and there is no one in Beverly who will hold him accountable. Now that Mr. Crespo has won re-election and his co-owner of 625 Broad St is about to be sworn in as a new Councilwoman, just think of what other laws he will exempt himself from.
Those of you in Beverly that have run afoul of Beverly City Council President Louis Crespo in the past, better look out. In fact you may want to move quickly because he is about to make his new neighbor JB the Police Chief.
What is hard to understand, why are the rest of the City Council going along with Louis's antics. Many of the Council Members are fine upstanding, law abiding residents who would never think to abuse their authority like Louis.
We will be asking for copies of the outstanding building permits for 623 and 625 Broad Street as well as any public records. We will publish copies of them for your information.
One last comment! Just you try and build an addition on your house and see if you can get away with what Louis Crespo ala Luis Crispo has! Oh I forgot, he won re-election and so he is now King Luis or is it King Louis?
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