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City Council Passes Bill Requiring Green Construction Fences to Come Down on Stalled Building Sites

File Photo: 39th Place and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, where an 8-story building is now being constructed (Photo: 2017, Sunnyside Post)

May 28, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

A bill that aims to prevent green construction fences from becoming magnets for graffiti was passed by the city council Thursday.

The legislation, sponsored by Council Member Bob Holden, requires construction companies to take down the green wooden fences on building sites where work has stopped for two consecutive years.

The fences that surround the stalled building sites often fall into disrepair and become canvasses for graffiti, Holden says.

The bill requires developers to replace the green wooden fences with chain link fences after construction has stopped for two years. The green fences can return when work resumes.

“I promised my neighbors I would do something about these unsightly and unsafe fences and today, my colleagues and I have fulfilled that promise,” Holden said yesterday.

Other Queens councilmembers who co-sponsored the bill include Daniel Dromm, Peter Koo, Eric Ulrich, Francisco Moya and James Gennaro.

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