This morning, the City’s lawyers have gone into court to compel the New York owner of several downtown residential high-rises to perform some badly needed repairs on his buildings.
This is not a new battle.
For the past couple of years, City and state public safety officials have been pressing the owner of the Plaza Square complex to allow inspectors into the buildings to ensure the safety of the residents. The state Fire Marshal’s Office has shut down both of the elevators in three of the buildings, and one of the elevators in two other buildings. The City Fire Department has posted a fire watch in all of the buildings. The City’s Human Services Director has sent staffers door to door to identify at-risk residents and reassure them. But, a court order compelling the owner to act is now the residents’ best hope.
I’ll keep you posted.