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For Immediate Release
Contact : (212) 306-3322
Date: February 10, 2003

Jefferson Houses Slated for Exterior Renovation

Manhattan's Jefferson Houses is getting a $5.6 million renovation under a contract recently approved by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

The contract calls for the repointing and replacement of exterior brickwork on the eighteen buildings, that range from 7 to 13 and 14 stories high. The complex has 1,487 apartments housing an estimated 3,729 persons. The complex was completed June 30, 1959.

"This is an investment in the future of public housing," NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez said. "We are replacing over 40 years of wear and tear to keep this housing development viable. It is part of our overall effort to modernize our buildings internally and externally so that we continue to provide safe, decent and affordable public housing."

Jefferson Houses covers 17.38 acres in East Harlem between First and Third Avenues, East 112th and East 115th Streets.

The contract was awarded to ENM General Construction Limited, and will take two years to complete, once work begins.