Long Island City, N.Y. – The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City are among the buildings in New York City that received new roofs through Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to upgrade public housing.
Funds were allocated to replace the roofs of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings throughout the city. Queensbridge Houses are the nation’s largest public housing complex. The new roofs are expected to reduce mold, which can cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
“Residents may never see the new roof over their heads, but they will feel the difference,” de Blasio said. “We are targeting a major source of leaks and mold, making kids healthier and helping parents sleep easier. With the right resources, we can deliver real-time improvements to the quality of life for thousands of families.”
The Queensbridge Houses also received free WiFi throughout the development, 360 CCTV cameras and 858 security lights.
Major roof replacements of 65 NYCHA buildings began throughout the city in 2015, costing $91.6 million, as part of the first phase of a roof replacement project.
The second phase of the project will repair 78 roofs and cost $100 million. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by June 2019.