For 46 years, Cadman Towers has relied on the same boilers to heat the 421 apartments in the Mitchell-Lama complex.
“They should have been replaced ten years ago,” said board president Toba Potosky. “Tragically, boilers get pushed back in budget meetings. There’s no contingency for capital repairs 20 years down the road.”
According to Potosky, the project will take roughly five months to complete, since it involves collapsing steel, sealing off gas lines from the street, and removing the existing structures in the basement. Work will begin in the late spring.
In addition to the boilers, Cadman Towers has seen numerous improvement projects. Currently, scaffolding surrounds the buildings, as part of a $4.5 million façade redesign.
There was also an elevator replacement and the waterproofing of the garage.
“It’s a big deal for us,” said Potosky.
Localize.city showed that among all the city’s neighborhoods, Crown Heights had the highest number of heat and hot water complaints, with over 1,200 different complaints last year.
The report also showed that citywide there was over 221,000 heat-related complaints to 311, and Brooklyn had the second most number of complaints by borough, with over 67,000. The Bronx had the most at 73,000.
“Comfortability should not be a hope and a prayer,” said Adams. “Each winter season, you should not have to cross your finger and hope that you hear the sound of steam coming up through your pipes.”