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Yonkers Condo Board Sells Major Elevator Overhaul

Written by Sue Treiman on September 25, 2019

Yonkers, Westchester County

Unit-owners, with a little coaxing, buy into doing a big job the right way.

Document poor performance with “progressive discipline.”

Amazon’s Ring partners with 400 police departments to share video footage.

Planning and communication can remove the shock from big projects.

Co-op board changes horses in the middle of a major capital project.

When an engineer examines a building or contractor starts work, they tend not to find pots of gold within the walls —they're much more likely to find hidden deteriorating. Shore Road, a 60-unit co-op built in 1927 in New Rochelle, N.Y., encountered this scenario. With two entrances — one at 485 Pelham Road, the other at 5 Circuit Road — a fairly small renovation project turned into a much larger endeavor.

The original project called for the upgrade of several balconies that sat along the front of the building. The initial contract was $100,000 for balcony repairs and a new coat of paint, but that figure has now become $350,000.

Plan will increase natural gas supply to Westchester without new pipeline.

Renovating the Lobby: War or Peace?

Written by Marianne Schaefer on April 10, 2019

Scarsdale, Westchester County

A Scarsdale co-op board went its own way when redoing the lobby.

It raises a question: build more gas pipelines or go for sustainable energy?

Program will pay for heat pumps, energy-efficient appliances and more.

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