After more than eight years, the Huguenot Hills Condominium Association has finally shown signs of undertaking work to rectify a serious roof drainage system which has caused dangerous road conditions for drivers and a severe icicle problem for pedestrians each winter.
The problems at the condo complex first came to the public attention following a series of reports by Talk of the Sound.
Bob Young, the builder of Huguenot Hills, failed to install a rooftop drainage system -- a series of interconnected gutters and leaders -- on about 80% of the front of the buildings which make up the luxury condo structure. Young somehow managed to to get a New Rochelle building inspector, John Caldararo, to sign off on the building's Certificate of Occupancy despite blindingly clear violations related to the missing rooftop drainage system.
Several times over the past two years, since Talk of the Sound began to run a series of articles in August 2010 on the "Mystery" of Huguenot Hills, the City of New Rochelle has put the Huguenot Hills Condominium Association on notice regarding missing Leaders and gutters at Building A, B and C along the Southern Side of the Building at the Main Street Elevation, according to documents obtained under FOIL by Talk of the Sound.
The first letter was sent on November 15, 2010, weeks after our first story ran. The letter was resent on January 13, 2011. Further warnings have followed.
In his initial letter, Paul Vacca, the Deputy Commissioner of Development and the Senior Building Official for the City of New Rochelle wrote:
It has come to the attention of this office that the leaders and gutters that were required to be installed on the building as part of the drainage system at the aforementioned location were never completed. Please be advised that the work should be completed as soon as possible as the lack of leaders and gutters along this elevation of the building is in violation of the property maintenance code and is creating a public nuisance.
For safety reasons, Con Edison must wrap the cables in insulation before work can begin on installing the missing gutters and leaders.
Talk of the Sound will continue to monitor progress at Huguenot Hills.
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