Addressing Scaffolding Concerns at NYCHA Developments
By NYCHA General Manager Michael Kelly
Recently, we’ve heard from NYCHA residents with concerns about excessive scaffolding in place at their housing developments.
The City takes these concerns seriously. We put up scaffolding only when we identify unsafe façade conditions, such as loose bricks, or before we begin major construction at a site. To keep residents safe and improve quality of life, NYCHA and the Mayor de Blasio are prioritizing façade safety work, also known as Local Law 11, to finish work faster and remove scaffolding quicker.
As the Mayor promised this week, following is an update on the scaffolding situation at nine NYCHA developments:
· Sotomayor Houses (Bronx) — Due to a phased construction project at the site, we are aiming to remove sheds at Buildings 1 through 11 by Dec 2019, at Buildings 12 through 21 by June 2019, and at Buildings 22 to 28 by March 2021.
· Lafayette Gardens (Brooklyn) — Sheds were installed earlier this year and are expected to be removed for Buildings 1, 2, 3, and 5 by Dec 2018.
· Borinquen Plaza II (Brooklyn) — Sheds at 130 Humboldt Street are scheduled to be removed by Nov 2017 and at Unity Plaza (Building 2) and 578 Black Avenue (Building 4) by Dec 2018.
· Palmetto Gardens (Brooklyn) — Sheds were removed from this site in 2016, following the completion of construction.
· Johnson Houses (Harlem) — The shed at Building 6 is expected to be removed by Sept 2017.
· Smith Houses (Manhattan) — There are currently no local law 11 sheds at Smith Houses, however there are sheds associated with recovery and resiliency work that are expected to be removed after the project’s completion in March 2018.
· Wald Houses (Manhattan) — There are currently sheds at five buildings that are expected to be removed by the end of 2018
Under this Administration, the City has made an unprecedented investment in NYCHA facades and in dismantling unnecessary sheds and scaffolding. We look forward to accelerating our repair work to get sheds down even faster in the months ahead — and will be reaching out directly to NYCHA residents at these developments to better communicate these timelines to the constituents we proudly serve.