December 4, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – NYCHA has completed comprehensive roof replacement work at Queensbridge Houses – months ahead of schedule – bringing major capital upgrades and improved quality of life to more than 6,500 residents.
“Leaks in old roofs are the root cause of mold and other major problems our NYCHA residents face. So we did something no administration has ever done: put $300 million of City money towards major repairs for our residents,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We continue to turn a corner and fulfill our commitment to make critical investments that help protect our residents and ensure public housing continues to improve. A focus on infrastructure, investment and increased access guide our ambitious vision for clean and connected public housing.”
NYCHA replaced aging roofs, repaired exterior brickwork, and replaced window sills on all 26 residential buildings at Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in North America with over 3,000 units. The work, which represents an $87 million investment, including $60 million in funding from Mayor de Blasio and $27 million in federal funding, ensures the buildings are weather-resistant, decreasing occurrence of leaks and further protecting the buildings’ infrastructure.
Originally to be projected complete in July 2017, NYCHA completed this work months ahead of schedule. Leaky roofs are the main cause of water and moisture entering a building, and the accumulated moisture contributes to mold, leaks and physical damage to the buildings’ interior.
NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye said, “As we work to preserve public housing for this generation and the next, we’re strengthening our buildings with top-to-bottom upgrades – literally. Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s unprecedented investment in comprehensive roof replacement and façade repairs across NYCHA, Queensbridge residents will see a healthier, cleaner community, with fewer leaks and improved quality of life.”