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Tenants at Stellar’s Tivoli Towers resist relocation

City ordered some residents to move into smaller units -- but they're not budging
May 05, 2014 03:28PM

Several federally-subsidized tenants at Stellar Management’s Crown Heights complex Tivoli Towers are refusing to move into smaller apartments — despite orders from the city.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development found that some tenants were living in units at 49-57 Crown Street that were too big for their needs according to a recent set of guidelines. The agency wrote letters earlier this year that gave tenants a 30-day deadline to vacate and/or prepare to move.

“There’s no compassion,” Alice Mitchell, president of the Tivoli tenant association, told DNAinfo. “It’s about dollars and cents and it’s really, really sad.”

Mitchell said she has been working with neighbors to appeal the letters. Stellar, led by Laurence Gluck, paid $9.5 million for the building in 2010. [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer