Bronx Tenants Unhappy with Probe Target

Atlantic Development Group, the politically tied builder whose Soho offfices were the target of yesterday's raid by city and state investigators, came in for some tough talk last month from residents of a Bronx building who complained about no-heat and poor maintenance in a newly constructed complex.

Tenants at 881 East 162nd Street in the Longwood section detailed their frustrations to Joe Hirsch of the The Hunts Point Express who described the problems in the Hunter College paper's Spring 2009 issue.

Hirsch reported on a tenants meeting where some 30 residents of the two-year old building complained that their apartments suffered from "water damage, sagging ceilings, and mold."

The building, which is part of a state-subsidized complex, was built by Atlantic Development and designed by Hugo Subotovsky, the Bronx architect whose work on the City Island home of former Bronx beep Adolfo Carrion helped spark a probe after The Daily News reported it last month.

Representatives of Atlantic's building management arm, Knickerbocker LLC, disputed the no-heat charge as "inaccurate" and cited city records showing a single leak violation. But top-floor tenant LaToya Cooks told Hirsch: "When it rains outside, it pours in here."

An official with the city's housing department also told the paper that the agency is "concerned" since Atlantic is such a major developer of low-cost housing.


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