Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday pledged to spend more than $ 100 million repairing facades on public housing to demolish ugly sidewalk sheds that have long destroyed complexes.

The $ 111 million in city funds will be used to renovate the facades of 45 buildings in 15 NYCHA buildings, the mayor announced. Of the tranche, $ 16 million will be allocated to public housing in Manhattan.

“I think it bothers NYCHA residents when you have the big sidewalk sheds, the big scaffolding that just seem to sit there for a long time and that affect the quality of life, they affect the whole sense of life in a development,” he said. he. during a virtual press briefing in the morning, calling the structures a “persistent problem” that has bothered him throughout his tenure.

The eye ulcers have been left standing for up to five years due to a lack of “sufficient resources” to repair the faces of the buildings, according to the mayor.

“We put the resources in, the repairs are made, the sheds fall, the development is safer, it looks better, it is better for everyone,” de Blasio said.

Meltzer Towers.
The $ 111 million in city funds will be used to renovate the facades of 45 buildings in 15 NYCHA developments.
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Scaffolding.
Scaffolding has been left standing for up to five years due to a lack of “sufficient resources” to repair the faces of the buildings.
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Councilor Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan), who represents the Lower East Side, said she was “grateful” for City Hall’s new investment. Meltzer Towers, a public housing complex for seniors, will be among the buildings that the funding will be used to repair, the legislature noted.

“These sheds are not just a matter of aesthetic improvements,” she said. “They are security issues and constant reminders of systemic disinvestment in public housing, and they can make buildings look and feel forgotten.”

The announcement comes as many of the Big Apple blocks have been destroyed by the eyes for years. Some sidewalk sheds in the five boroughs have been up for 13 years, The Post reported in 2019. After Manhattan architect Erica Tishman was killed by part of a falling facade in Midtown, City Hall ordered dozens of property owners to erect sidewalk sheds as a safety measure.

Bill de Blasio.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said scaffolding structures in front of public housing complexes “seem to sit there for a long time and affect the quality of life, they affect the whole sense of life in a development.”
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Councilor Carlina Rivera.
“These sheds are not just a matter of aesthetic improvements … they are safety issues,” explained Councilwoman Carlina Rivera.
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But often the sidewalk sheds and scaffolding can pose their own dangers. For example, three construction workers were injured in February 2020 when strong winds caused scaffolding to collapse in Brooklyn. In July last year, one person died and three others were injured when scaffolding collapsed in Midtown.

New York City’s heavy use of sidewalk sheds is required by local law 11, which was passed after falling masonry killed a Barnard student in 1979. The measure requires facade inspections every five years for structures of six floors or higher.

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