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

$1 Million Roof Drainage Upgrade Set For Red Hook Houses

Red Hook Houses, the largest public housing development in Brooklyn, will be getting new roof drains installed in all 30 buildings under a $1,117,000 contract recently awarded by the Board of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

The contract calls for installing 224 new roof drains with leaders that will funnel rainwater and melted snow into basement drains. The same contract will include replacing 88 existing drains in the 30 buildings at the 39-acre development.’

“This is vital modernization that will ultimately prevent major structural damage that too often results from water seeping into brickwork, roof structures and foundations, “ NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez said. “This is a classic case of using an ounce of prevention to eliminate the later need for a pound of cure.”

The contract was awarded to Skountzos Plumbing & Heating Corp. and is expected to take a year to complete, once work begins.

Red Hook Houses consists of 2,873 apartments housing an estimated 6,518 residents. Its buildings vary in size: some are 2, 3, 6 and 14-stories tall. Twenty-seven building were completed November 20, 1939 and the remaining three were completed May 31, 1955. Dwight, Clinton, West 9th, Lorraine, Richards, and Walcott Streets and Red Hook park bordered the complex.