Judge approves plan to clean up toxic mold in NYCHA apartments

A broader plan is expected in the next 2 weeks

TRD NEW YORK /
Nov.November 30, 2018 09:30 AM

An empty and moldy stairwell stands in a public housing building in Brooklyn (Credit: Getty Images)

After rejecting a broader plan that would’ve addressed several different issues in the city’s public housing stock, a federal judge has given the green light to a narrower plan that only targets toxic mold.

Manhattan Federal Judge William Pauley on Thursday approved a plan that will address mold issues in New York City Housing Authority apartments, the New York Daily News reported. The judge gave NYCHA and prosecutors two weeks to come back with another plan that will address more issues, like broken elevators and lead paint removal in public housing.

Earlier this month, Pauley turned down a consent decree between NYCHA and Mayor Bill de Blasio and federal prosecutors, which would’ve established a federal monitor to oversee NYCHA’s compliance with health and safety rules. At the time, the judge said the decree had “fatal procedural flaws.”

Thursday’s agreement sprang from a failed lawsuit settled in 2013. Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a housing advocacy nonprofit, had sued NYCHA, claiming it had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to remove mold from apartments where tenants had respiratory issues such as asthma. As part of a settlement agreement, NYCHA had pledged to clean up the mold. But the housing authority has failed to do so.

The agreement approved by Pauley enforces this settlement, setting a strict cleanup deadline and appointing a “mold specialist,” a data analyst and an ombudsman to handle tenant complaints. These jobs are expected to cost NYCHA as much as $500,000 a year.

“Ultimately these modifications will better serve the underlying goals of the Consent decree of ensuring that NYCHA effectively remediates mold in its apartments,” Pauley wrote. [NYDN] — Kathryn Brenzel


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: 55 East 74th Street, 9 East 82nd Street, 1 Central Park South, 78 Irving Place with Adam Neumann and 111 West 57th Street (Credit: StreetEasy, Wikipedia, Getty Images)

Adam Neumann’s triplex, Russians’ Plaza pad were priciest homes listed last week

3 East 69th Street and 252 East 57th Street 

With asking prices in freefall, luxury market sees strong week

Keller Williams CEO Gary Keller

Keller Williams will cut off agents who leave

Wall Street bonus season is the stuff home sellers’ dreams, as they picture eager buyers armed with hefty bonus checks and willing to pay top price. But in a buyer’s market that vision may be more like a mirage (Credit: iStock)

Here’s what Wall Street bonus season means for real estate this year

Adam Neumann and 78 Irving Place (Credit: Getty Images and StreetEasy)

Adam Neumann is asking $37M for Gramercy Park triplex

East Williamsburg’s Williamsburg Houses and the Harlem River Houses and (Credit: Wikipedia)

NYCHA inks $1.5B deal to privatize management of 5,900 units

(Credit: iStock)

Residential rents continue upward march in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens

Redfin's Glenn Kelman (Credit: iStock)

“It’s on like Donkey Kong”: Redfin scrambling to keep up with iBuyer demand

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...