Hotel Chelsea tenants file suit over alleged environmental violations
The new owner of the Hotel Chelsea and the building’s long-term tenants will have their day in court, the New York Times reported this weekend.
The tenants association filed suit in Manhattan Housing Court last Friday.
As previously reported, the tenants association, which represents 40 or so of the 23rd Street hotel’s tenants, hired an independent environment inspector, Edward Olmstead, to examine the building in October. Olmstead produced a report that found elevated levels of lead and dust that violated Environmental Protection Agency limits, as well as mold and crystalline silica, the Times said.
Some tenants are taking their own separate legal actions, such as Faye Lane, who described severe water damage to her room and belongings to the Times. [NYT]