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Updated Moving Procedure

Don Smith, John LiCastro, Nelson Lopez and Tony Savarese met with the leadership of the Residents Association on October 13th, 2015 to discuss issues related to the relocation of residents; specifically the moving company, packing, inventory and reimbursement for damages. The owner changed the moving company after Phase I, and there were improvements. Unfortunately, damages and lost items will always be a possibility. The key is to minimize such incidences, and provide a method for reimbursing residents for a legitimate claim. Moving forward, the owner will inventory all boxes and furniture/accessories prior to the move out of the apartment. A resident may have a representative from, either the Residents Association, or another third party (such as a relative) observe the inventory.

We agreed at the meeting that all items to be thrown out from the apartment should be taken out of the unit prior to the inventory, and not after or during the move. Only the items that will go into storage should be left in the apartment before the moving company takes it away.

There is a process in-place for residents to file a claim if there is a damage claim. Residents who believe they have a claim for damages should contact the relocation office, and the staff will complete a claims form for review and a decision. The process should take between 30 to 60 days for a final decision and check request where applicable. If the owner denies a resident’s claim, then the resident does have the final option to go to small claims court if the owner and resident cannot reach a settlement.

The meeting ended with agreement on a resident-wide meeting in November. The leadership committee will communicate the exact date and time with the residents. Thank you, as always, for your patience and understanding through the relocation process as we complete this very complicated, and much needed, renovation process.

Renovation News!

Hello everyone. We’re back online with our renovation blog because we finally have something to report!

HUD approved the owner’s application to renovate the property with new HUD FHA financing, and we are now able to provide specific answers to your questions.

This also means that you can resume going to for updated renovation and temporary relocation information in written and audio formats; as well as receive email and SMS notifications of postings and comments from, both the owner, and your fellow residents.

Our hope is to close the loan with HUD in October, 2013. The agreement with HUD does allow us to postpone the closing to, either November, or December, 2013, BUT we would incur a severe financial penalty if we did postpone the closing beyond those months.

The plan right now is to begin work on the first floor and basement in January, 2014 with the laundry room remaining open for your use. The apartments will not begin renovation until April or May, 2014 because we have to order the new window systems which will also include the new air conditioning and heating system. At this point in time, we intend to renovate two floors at one time starting with the 12th and 11th floors.

Again, apartment work will not start, most likely, until April or May of 2014!

The owner will schedule a meeting with all residents sometime during the first two weeks of October. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to post a comment below.

While this will be a road filled with many details, we will do everything within our power to make the trip as easy and comfortable as possible.

We are confident that you will be very pleased with the transition to a new Selis Manor.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Report: After Hurricane Sandy

After the worse storm ever to hit NYC, we are thankful to be able to report that everyone at Selis Manor has been pitching in to maintain as best a level of comfort as can be found under such difficult circumstances. Although there is no power and, as a result, no water in the building,  there was no physical damage to the property.

Cesar Vidal is doing an incredible, actually heroic, job at the property.  There is no water in the building, but Cesar was able to come up with a way to provide access to water on the first floor. Residents are at least able to fill up a bucket or other container and bring water up to their apartment for cleaning, etc. He also was able to get electric from the generator to a resident who is on a respirator, as well as set up an area for the residents to charge their phones. Really extraordinary work, and Jose (who is supposed to be on vacation right now) is also working very hard.

There are some volunteers, and Visions has some people helping the residents (for example, helping to bring water up to the apartments). The maintenance staff is there; the office is closed but Toni was in Tuesday morning.

The tenants association is stepping up to the plate in a major way and providing a lot of positive help and communication. For example, they were able to secure meals from the National Guard that do not need refrigeration.

Thankfully we have a generator that is is keeping the elevators running.  The generator cannot run the entire building, only the elevators, some hall lighting, and some outlets located around the building. We ordered generator fuel on Tuesday, and it arrived this morning; the generator now has a full tank of fuel to last through the weekend. We will need to baby the elevators due to the usage, and agreed with the tenants association that we would shut them down daily between 12am and 5am.

The picture would be a lot better if we had electricity, but we are amazed and gratified to see how everyone is helping each other.

As always, please call Tony Savarese at 914-772-2728 if you have any questions or concerns.

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