MTA relocating tenants in "fragile" building along Second Avenue
The MTA is temporarily relocating tenants in six buildings between 92nd and 97th Street that can’t hold up to the Second Avenue Subway construction, transit officials said Monday.In roughly a month, residents of 28 apartments will have to move out of their homes for up to 60 days.
“The neighborhood would be great if it wasn’t for this,” said Mike Borak, 30, a resident who will have to move.
The MTA has to patch up the buildings before it can keep digging the $4.5 billion subway, said officials, who warned that more tenants could be forced to move as the project continues.
Relocating residents and shoring up the buildings will cost up to $8 million, agency figures show.
The MTA is still lining up where the residents will stay, but they will likely be long-term hotels, officials said.
“We expect to do everything possible to make sure the impact to these individuals is minimal,” said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction.
Last year, the MTA evacuated two unstable buildings that nearly collapsed from the construction work. Since, the agency has started surveying 200 buildings along the site to figure out which ones are fragile.
The MTA hopes to open subway between 96th and 63rd streets in December 2016.