Page 1 of 1

Residents steaming mad over Edgewater pizza shops oven smoke

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:27 pm
by Wilberforce
Residents steaming mad over Edgewater pizza shop's oven smoke
Matt Kadosh, NorthJersey Published 5:52 p.m. ET June 8, 2018 | Updated 7:23 p.m. ET June 8, 2018

EDGEWATER — City Place residents are fuming over smoke from a pizzeria’s wood-burning oven they claim permeates into their homes.

About 20 waterfront condominium complex residents attended municipal court Thursday to witness Izzy’s Pizzeria owner Dmitri Vlahakis’ appearance on a health code violation only to learn his hearing was postponed at his lawyer's request.

The borough cited Vlahakis for letting fumes from his pizza oven “create an annoyance to the inhabitants of this municipality.”

Vlahakis faces fines of up to $500 for each day the offense persists if found guilty of violating the health code.

The City Place residents, who gathered for the hearing, claim the smoke is more than just an annoyance: they say it is a health hazard. They demanded the pizzeria stop the fumes.
Dimitri Vlahakis, the owner of Izzy’s Pizzeria, in

Dimitri Vlahakis, the owner of Izzy’s Pizzeria, in Edgewater has been cited for smoke emanating from his pizza oven. (Photo: Matt Kadosh/

“We implore the owners of Izzy’s Pizzeria ... to take swift action to remedy the current situation that is extremely detrimental to public health and the environment,” the residents said in a joint statement sent to and The Record.

“The short-term and long-term health risks of wood smoke are undeniable, and we, residents of City Place and others, have been forced to endure these conditions for approximately 13 months and counting,” the statement said.

PHEW: Lawsuit: Loud, smelly factory bothers Belleville man

SMOKIN': Edgewater residents say smoke from pizzeria is getting into their homes

Vlahakis opened the pizzeria about a year ago. Messages left at the pizzeria were not returned on Friday. Vlahakis previously told and The Record he wants to address the concerns.

The City Place residents have said wood burning smoke from the oven gets sucked in by their building's vents and into their units.

Emissions from wood-burning smoke, according to the Department of Environmental Protection can create “human carcinogens and are of great concern.”

“Long-term exposures, such as those experienced by people living for many years in areas with high particle levels, have been associated with problems such as reduced lung function and the development of chronic bronchitis,” according to the DEP.

The state is not “actively investigating” the pizza oven smoke, said DEP spokesman Larry Hajna.

A borough official is looking into the issue.

Construction Official John Candelmo said he did not foresee the ventilation issues when he issued the pizzeria’s certificate of occupancy last year.

In this undated photo submitted by a resident of City Place in Edgewater, smoke from Izzy's Pizzeria vents. The residents claim the smoke consistently pervades their condominiums. (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

“We had no idea that this was going to create such a problem,” but the municipality is working with the owners to solve the issue, Candelmo said.

“We’ve requested meetings with their mechanical engineers to see if there is some scrubber system that needs to be put on, or if they can work out an easement with the owner of the building if they run the chimney to the stack of the roof,” Candelmo said on Friday. “But so far we have not seen the cooperation we would like to see from the owner of the pizzeria.”

More code violations could follow if the problem persists, and not just for the pizzeria owner, Candelmo said. “If we find the same nuisance, then we will be issuing violations not only to the pizzeria again but also to the building owner,” he said.

Concerned residents City Place in Edgewater gather outside of the borough's municipal court on Thursday evening, June 7, 2018. They say smoke from a wood-burning oven at Izzy's Pizzeria is getting into their residences. (Photo: Matt Kadosh/

The building is managed by the real estate services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle; a message left with a representative for the firm on Friday was not returned.

Vlahakis is set to appear next in Edgewater Municipal Court on Aug. 2, a court official said.


source ... 676429002/

Edgewater residents say smoke from pizzeria is getting into their homes
Matt Kadosh, Staff Writer, @MattKadosh Published 4:24 p.m. ET May 20, 2018 | Updated 8:40 p.m. ET May 21, 2018

Smoke from the pizza shop's wood-burning oven at City Place vents from the rear of the building, and over the past year it has upset residents.

Construction Official John Candelmo cited Vlahakis for a violation of the health code on April 4, saying the restaurateur let his pizza oven fumes “create an annoyance to the inhabitants of this municipality.”

Vlahakis, wearing a denim jacket during his Municipal Court appearance, agreed to a June 7 trial date and told the judge he is representing himself but may later retain an attorney.

Municipal Prosecutor Raffi Khorozian asked the judge to hear the case ahead of others because of the large group in attendance.
Dimitri Vlahakis, the owner of Izzy’s Pizzeria, in

Dimitri Vlahakis, the owner of Izzy’s Pizzeria, in Edgewater has been cited for smoke emanating from his pizza oven. (Photo: Matt Kadosh/

Khorozian said he would provide Vlahakis with video and photo evidence, which had been taken by the residents of the condominium complex.

“Get a lawyer ahead of time,” Khorozian told Vlahakis.

Under borough code, Vlahakis could face fines of up to $500 for each day the offense persists.

Video in evidence, viewed by a reporter, shows smoke emanating from a vent in the rear of the five-story condominium building.

On Friday, wisps of the smoke could be seen flowing from the vent, and a faint odor of something burning could be detected shortly before noon.
Restaurateur's response

Vlahakis opened up Izzy’s Pizzeria in Edgewater about a year ago.

“I want to address whatever concerns there are,” Vlahakis told shortly after his court appearance. “We’ll be back in court, and in the meantime, we’ll be doing our best to address any concerns," he said. "We’ve had an ongoing dialogue with our neighbors.”

He also said the borough approved his certificate of occupancy for the building.
'Health risk'

Residents who appeared in court declined to be named in the story, saying they fear retribution.

However, some reported suffering headaches from the smoke and odors of something burning since the pizza shop opened.

The residents also raised concern about the long-term health effects of breathing in the smoke, which they said enters their building through intakes pulling outdoor air into the building.


source ... 620676002/

Borough of Edgewater, NJ health code