Should you need evidence that this blog and its commentary are read by people "in a position of authority," you now have the latest from our councilman Dan Garodnick, who finally addresses the concerns that tenants have had about the construction of the new management office. Do note that these concerns were either not allowed or mitigated on the TA Facebook page, and where a recent post was removed that offered a link to photos of an artistic rendering of the completed project.
Unfortunately, those reviewing this blog have missed the fact that the blog has already posted a diagram and a visual representation of the forthcoming management office. Or perhaps they have seen them, but just don't want it known that they have seen them here.
Here is Dan's message to tenants:
After Hurricane Sandy flooded the Peter Cooper/ Stuyvesant Town management offices at 317 Avenue C, CompassRock decided to move them to a more central location on the property. In case it escaped your notice, construction of the new space has begun in the area behind 272-278 First Avenue, and abutting Playground 8. This is the space that Oval Concierge previously occupied. While a more convenient management office situated outside of a flood zone could be welcome, too little information has been provided to residents about the plans.
Last October, the Tenants Association held a preliminary meeting with management and affected residents to discuss what was being planned. Many important questions were asked, and there are still outstanding questions despite the fact that work started at the site this week.
Residents deserve a clear picture of what the site will look like when complete, and its effects on the open space. Those in the affected buildings should be afforded real accommodations during the construction work, including a rent abatement. They further need to understand how management will address noise and environmental concerns. With that in mind, I sent a letter to management last week, co-signed by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, asking them to address the many outstanding issues and to host a meeting directly with residents to address their concerns. You can read the letter here.
I also have asked the Department of Buildings to perform a prompt audit of the site and the plans to ensure compliance with all applicable rules.
Residents deserve clarity on this project, and management needs to do much more to accommodate the people who live in surrounding buildings.
And here is a PDF of the letter Dan, State Senator Brad Hoylman and State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh have sent to CWCapital.
If we go by past experience, CWCapital may throw a bone or two in response, but otherwise it's going to be business as usual. Do note that this blog has been continually proposing a rent abatement to tenants that live in any area affected by the noise and disruption of construction. This should be demanded of the special servicer by local politicians and the Tenants Association, and persistently, even naggingly, brought up. This blog has also promoted transparency in the construction that CWCapital is engaging in and will be engaging in. CWCapital's insistence on a secretive "need to know" position is insulting to the residents that live in PCVST and who are, and will be, affected most by any construction.
AN OFFER: PAY ME ONE DOLLAR FOR EVERY INFRACTION THAT I SEE--A UNCOVERED MATTRESS ON THE LOOP, DOG DO-DO NOT PICKED UP, OUTSIDE DOGS BEING WALKED INTO ST OR PCV. ONE DOLLAR FOR ONE PHOTO. I KNOW MANAGEMENT READS THIS BLOG, SO ACCEPT MY OFFER. BLACKSTONE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.
As we see, nothing much is being done about the many complaints residents have: the discarded furniture on the loops, including the illegal discarding of uncovered mattress; the outside dogs that are infrequently checked for that blue ST lanyard, and their owners escorted out if they don't have one; the lack of R7-2 clarity from our local politicians who seem to be delaying and delaying; the club cars that go this way and that, and many times against regular traffic rules; the failure of our TA to even address those issues, etc. On top of that, residents near the building of the subway extension on 14 Street have had to endure noise and health issues at all hours of the day and night. This is not the way to live. Because of these facts, and a few more, a new representation has to happen. This is where Stuyvesant Town Tenants Advocacy comes in. There are no dues, and plans are underway to get the group doing something proactive about our complaints. The time for submitting our complaints to Management, Public Safety and Blackstone is over.
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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.
Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.
"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.
Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.
At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.
Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.
About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:
Tenants' Rights: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/renting_a_home/tenants_rights_and_obligations.html