HO Penn cleans up its act for residents on Brush Avenue

HO Penn, located on 699 Brush Avenue, is cleaning up its act by eliminating nighttime noise and glaring lights.
Community News Group / Steven Goodstein

A caterpillar equipment dealer in Throggs Neck is attempting to comply with its neighbor’s requests.

Trucking machinery company HO Penn, located on 699 Brush Avenue, is making a big effort to diminish, and hopefully eliminate, inconveniences to Ferry Point’s residents.

In the past month, HO Penn has met with members of Community Board 10 including district manager Ken Kearns and local resident Dotti Poggi, as well as Senator Jeff Klein, to get more of an insight into the neighbor’s complaints.

The community has charged that HO Penn has caused street congestion during its loading and unloading of equipment, double parks vehicles forcing a potential head on collison, operates noisily at night and has not complied with M1-1 district laws.

HO Penn has met with CB 10 on multiple occasions to listen to the residents’ issues, and is finally prepared to take the appropiate actions to eliminate the problems.

HO Penn has shown that they intend to act swiftly to correct the situation, already creating a white noise system that eliminates beeping and other annoying sounds, while beginning to block the light coming from its vehicles being serviced, and eliminating the bright glares that have been entering resident’s homes at night. The firm also promised to move all its buses and trucks off the street as soon as possible.

“After a few meetings with Community Board 10, we now have a clear understanding of what our neighbor’s requests are,” said Denis Adiletti, interim manager at HO Penn. “Now that we are aware of these requests, we will do everything that we can to make it better for the neighborhood, its residents and the other businesses in the area.”

A new manager is taking over in January 2015 and will be advised of the remedies. Adiletti declined to comment any further on the situation.

HO Penn originally moved to its Brush Avenue location in 1976. At the time, HO Penn generated few complains from the sparsely populated area.

As the Ferry Point community grew, HO Penn became more of an inconvenience to its neighbors, and garnered more and more complaints.

According to some residents, the neighborhood may have been too complacent over the years, but feel it’s time for HO Penn to be a good neighbor.

“Our neighborhood never wants to attack any business – we would prefer to work out the problem,” said Poggi, who has lived on Brush Avenue long before HO Penn located there.

“Now, HO Penn must adapt to the neighborhood’s changes just like the residents did when the company first moved here,” she said.

Reach Reporter Steven Goodstein at (718) 742–3384. E-mail him at sgood‌stein‌@cngl‌ocal.com.

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