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For Immediate Release
Contact : (212) 306-3322
Date: March 05, 2002

Facelift And New Roofs For Manhattan's Holmes Towers

The two 25-story buildings at Holmes Towers on Manhattan’s Upper East Side will be getting a facelift and new roofs under a $1,573,070 contract recently awarded by the Board of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

The contract calls for repair of all exterior brickwork including expansion joints and exposed concrete surfaces. It also calls for replacement of roofs and roof fences and installation of temporary protective scaffolding covering sidewalk areas over which the brickwork is being done.

“This is the type of maintenance work that is essential to preserving the integrity of this valuable housing so that it can serve the public for generations to come,” NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez said. “It is a good way of preventing problems from happening.”

The contract was awarded to Zoria Construction Corp. and is expected to take a year to complete, once work has started. John Haynes Holmes Towers consists of two, 25-story buildings on 2.81-acres with 537 apartments housing an estimated 943 residents. Completed April 30, 1969, the development is bordered by First Avenue, Isaacs Houses, F.D.R. Drive, and East 92nd Street.

The development was named for Holmes, founder and later minister of the Community Church of New York. He was known as a pacifist, social organizer, racial and social justice pioneer, political participant as well as a poet and philosopher. Holmes was born in 1879 and died in 1964.