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Clinton Hill Co-op Conquers Chronic Heat Imbalance

Written by Frank Lovece on April 17, 2020

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

With help of incentives, board installs Radiator Cozys in 1,200 units.

Radiator Cozy brings even temperatures to a Clinton Hill co-op.

Controversy ends over proposed eviction of handymen.

Deep Energy Retrofit at Clinton Hill Co-op

Written by Ann Farmer on April 03, 2019

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Co-op mounts a full-court press to improve energy efficiency, cut costs.

St. James Towers co-op in Brooklyn votes to stick with Mitchell-Lama.

St. James Towers is latest to vote on whether to stay affordable or cash in.

Adrian Griffith, the current president of the Ryerson Towers board, joined after the earlier capital improvements were already under way. The 326-unit Mitchell-Lama co-op in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn set out on a $3.5 million project to replace the windows and the boiler, do façade work, resurface balconies, and redo the roof. The 2008 loan for that work was secured from the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), which did not require the board to hire a construction manager. This time the loan — a refinancing of the underlying mortgage plus money for anticipated capital improvements — came from the city's Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

It was a massive job. Seven years ago, the board at Ryerson Towers, a 326-unit Mitchell-Lama co-op in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, set out on a $3.5 million project to replace the windows and the boiler, do façade work, resurface balconies, and redo the roof. The job of coordinating the various contractors and overseeing the work fell to the property manager, Dahlia Lyons-Harrison, of New Bedford Management. Looking back, she remembers it as a largely successful — but stressful — assignment.

Today, as Ryerson Towers embarks on an even bigger job — a job that will take two years and $7.3 million.

If you think supermarket options are few and far between in Clinton Hill, then bad news. It looks like the Key Food on Lafayette Avenue is going the way of the dinosaur. According to DNAinfo, "Slate Property Group is in the process of buying the building at 325 Lafayette Avenue," and it looks they plan to demolish it to build condos in its place. The spokesperson for the owners of the Key Food told DNAinfo she could not give any more information beyond confirming the building was in the process of being sold. Nothing's set in stone just yet — the entire project is in the planning stages — so there is a chance, however great or slim, that the new developers might reserve space in the new building's ground floor for the grocery store. But until a definitive decision is made, neighborhood folks will remain anxious about the possibility of losing a convenient grocery store option. Who can blame them? Fewer stores means less competition and prices that inevitably creep upward. And if you don't have a car? Fuggedaboutit. Get ready for longer walks.

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