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Further drama at Chetrit-owned Hotel Chelsea

Residents lose heat, gas and hot water after contractor shuts off main gas line
March 22, 2013 09:00AM

Tenants at the Joseph Chetrit-owned Hotel Chelsea lost heat, hot water and gas yesterday, the latest in a line of snafus that have stemmed from the property’s conversion into a luxury residential development, DNAinfo reported. 

The latest incident occurred after a contractor shut off the main gas line to the building on Thursday morning. Residents were unable to cook or take a hot shower, according to the residents’ lawyer, Samuel Himmelstein.

“All hell’s breaking lose,” Himmelstein told DNAinfo. “When gas is shut off, ConEd won’t turn it back on until they inspect every pipe in the building, which could take days, even months in an old building like the Chelsea.”

The chaotic development site has seen more than its fair share of legal drama. Chetrit has previously sued the hotel’s former owners, Chelsea 23rd Street Corporation, and manager Stanley Bard for $4.15 million, alleging misrepresentation of the property’s value. The Department Of Buildings has also shot down multiple applications for architect Gene Kaufman’s design for the rooftop, citing a violation of zoning laws.

And last year, tenants successfully sued Chetrit, winning a court order to clean up renovation-related damage and mold. Himmelstein told DNAinfo that the residents would seek a new contempt charge.

“The dust level’s just off the charts,” he said. “We’ve already decided to go back to court.” [DNAinfo]Hiten Samtani

  • JoeyCdollaholla

    can’t say this is surprising. I live in a chetrit owned building down the street. over the last 3 months, there have been about 20-30 days with no heat. in response, they’ve done nothing. well they’ve actually said “what do you want me to do, the boiler works for most of the other apartments?”

    • Bb123

      That’s not the Same chetrit! That’s the other brothers who own your building

  • New Yorker

    No way will the old gas pipes hold pressure, after being turned off. I wouldn’t be surprised if all gas pipes will end up having to be replaced. Between the Buildings Department and Con Edison regulations,scheduling, bureaucratic slow processing and delays, gas will be off between 6-18 months, in the best of cases. This will not be Chetrit’s fault, it’s the way the Buildings Department and Con Edison works.