By Awura Ama Barnie-Duah
More than 6,500 residents, living in the Queensbridge Houses, now have new weather-resistant roofs thanks to repairs that were part of a $87 million dollar capital investment by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
On Dec. 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye announced the completion of comprehensive roof replacement work months ahead of schedule. The project brings major capital improvements and enhanced quality of life for residents at the Queensbridge Houses.
“Leaks in old roofs are the root cause of mold and other major problems our NYCHA residents face,” said de Blasio. “So we did something no administration has ever done: put $300 million of city money towards major repairs for our residents.”
The houses, being North America’s largest housing development, had old roofs prone to leaks that caused mold, which greatly damaged the buildings’ interior. With the $87 million invested in these new roofs, including $60 million in funding from Mayor de Blasio and $27 million in federal funding, it’s ensured that the buildings are now weather-resistant, which will decrease the number of leaks and protect the buildings’ infrastructure.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer are among the lawmakers that have weighed in on the completion of the project and their hopes for it.
“I’m thrilled that this $87 million city investment in our community has been completed,” Van Bramer said. “Queensbridge residents deserve to live in high-quality, modern buildings. These new roofs and facades will prevent leaks and mold and strengthen and preserve the nation’s largest public housing development for years to come.”