Wednesday, April 20, 2016
MTA will buy property in order to complete repairs
From CBS 2:
Dozens of people and businesses in Bushwick, Brooklyn are in an uproar over Metropolitan Transportation Authority renovations.
The agency said they have to leave their homes for months so crews can work on an elevated line. And the residents told CBS2’s Ali Bauman a lot of this is news to them.
The overhead maze of the subway off Myrtle Avenue where the M, J, and Z trains converge is unfortunate for residents who live in the middle of it all and will soon have to get out.
“We haven’t heard if it’s actually happening or if we’re gonna have notice to move,” one resident said.
But it is happening. The MTA said 26 homes and two businesses will have to relocate for six to 10 months during M Train renovations. The MTA Board green-lighted the relocation March 23, but weeks later many of the effected residents said the most they’ve heard are neighborhood rumors.
“I would like some notice. We’re just nervous they’re gonna throw it on us and be like, ‘Oh by the way, you have to get out in a month,'” tenant Abby Campbell said.
The MTA told CBS2 they notified residents last week. However, when the tenants at 1156 Myrtle Ave. were shown paperwork minutes from the board’s decision, they said it was news to them.
MTA officials said they plan to offer buying properties from the owners and resell once the project is completed.