City to pay $200M to upgrade boilers at NYCHA projects

Upgrades and replacements should start in July
February 01, 2018 06:30PM

Shola Olatoye and Mayor Bill de Blasio

The city plans to spend $200 million to upgrade and replace boilers in New York City Housing Authority projects.

Over the next four years, $81.9 million will be spent to replace boilers at 10 housing developments and $73.9 million will go toward upgrades at 12 projects, the Wall Street Journal reported. Another $26.6 million will be spent on temperature controls for boiler systems at 15 developments.

“The record-setting cold this winter has hit these aging boilers and pipes hard. We’re coming to the table with real resources to attack these problems, and urge our federal and state partners to do the same,” de Blasio said in a statement.

But, as pointed out by the New York Daily News, the upgrades won’t be done until the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

In January, boiler systems failed at more than 60 public housing developments, leaving some 11,000 people without heat or hot water and in some cases, both. The pledge to invest in the systems comes as NYCHA is under increased scrutiny for failing to conduct lead paint inspections for several years. [WSJ]Kathryn Brenzel