Tenants at 85 Bowery have reached an agreement to return to their building roughly six months after getting the boot.
At least 75 residents of the Chinatown property were forced out in January after the Department of Buildings found that the staircases were unstable, according to The Lo-Down. Their return was delayed later when officials found that the building had additional structural issues and asbestos.
The fight for tenants to return has been ugly, including multiple protests and hunger strikes, but both sides have now reached an agreement under which all repairs are set to be done by the end of August.
Betesh also agreed in the settlement that the apartments are rent stabilized, and he will pay $150 per apartment per day if work is not done by the end of August. He must also pay $25,000 per apartment and a lump sum of $200,000 to cover personal property claims, and the city has to approve all of the work before residents can move back. [The Lo-Down] – Eddie Small