11 days after PIX 11 visited the sinking Villa Maria Community in the Longwood section of the Bronx, homeowners learned that much needed repairs will finally be done.
A Department of Housing and Preservation spokesperson released this statement, “After working at length with the homeowners and Councilwoman to address concerns and create a repair plan, we are happy to report that the funding for the project has been approved. An experienced contractor has been selected and there will be a certified engineer overseeing the repair work.”
For over two years homeowners said the city’s been holding their money hostage. 1.5 million dollars was set aside to make repairs to the community that was built by city contractors in the 90’s as affordable housing. But for the past seven years the soil has been sinking which has created cracks in the homes and craters in backyards.
“They finally approved the funds, we thank you, PIX 11 from the bottom of our hearts,” said Love Benacourt, who’s driveway is unusable.
The city put aside money to hire a contractor and make repairs but the Office of Budget Management would not release it. On Friday, after a PIX 11 investigation, the city agency approved the release of the funds.