'I feel great, my residents feel great.' Transformation complete at 3 NYCHA complexes
It's been two years in the making, but about 4,300 tenants at three NYCHA complexes say waiting for the renovations to their homes was worth the wait.
"I feel great, my residents feel great," says Sandra Gross, president of the Tenants Association at the Baychester Houses. "We love that we have this transformation going on here."
The improvements are part of the NYCHA Permanent Affordability Commitment Together Program, which uses public-private partnerships to transform public housing developments.
"These residents are getting these comprehensively repaired developments," says Jonathan Gouveia, EVP of Real Estate for NYCHA. "They're getting enhanced property management services and they still have the same protections that they had as residents under NYCHA."
More than 1,800 apartments at the Baychester Houses, Murphy Houses and Betances Houses were renovated over the last two years as part of the most recent projects. The effort is a way to improve the quality of life for the residents.
The exterior of the building received new lighting, cameras and landscaping. Major renovations were made inside as well, including the installation of new appliances, flooring and lighting. Doors, elevators and trash systems were also replaced.
"We used to have garbage all over the place, people didn't respect where they lived," says Gross. "It's much, much safer, it's much brighter you know you're able to walk through at night and be able to see where you're going."
New playgrounds and community spaces were also added for residents to enjoy.