Saturday, February 18, 2012
This is considered to be a success?
Since the city launched a program to improve conditions in the city's most blighted residential properties five years ago, 410 buildings have been fixed, the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced Tuesday.
Last year alone, 101 of the 200 buildings that having racked up the most housing violations were put into the Alternative Enforcement Program were discharged from it, their violations having been fixed. The program, which is run by the city housing agency, is part of New York's 2007 Safe Housing Act. In order to be discharged from the program, building owners must have corrected at least 80% of their property's violations, submitted a pest management plan to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene if there is an infestation, and repaid all outstanding charges or liens for emergency repair work. So far, the city has recovered $19.3 million in charges and liens from owners. There are 390 buildings remaining in the program from previous years.
The figures were released at the same time the city revealed that another 200 distressed buildings, with a total of 2,373 units, are entering the program.