Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses are on their way toward receiving new roofs on all 28 of its buildings as part of ongoing efforts to repair damage that resulted from Hurricane Sandy.
On Tuesday, city politicians along with NYCHA officials kicked off construction on the $63 million project that is set not only replace roofs at the housing project, but will also replace railings and barrier walls, or parapets, along the rooftops.
According to Bklyner, the new roofs will provide better insulation and will be able to eliminate water intrusion. The project is just one component of a plan to invest roughly $550 million into Red Hook Houses to make repairs that include new heat and hot water systems as well as utility pods that will prevent the housing development from losing power again like it did when Sandy hit. It will also gain new playgrounds, retail space, enhance community centers, and improved outdoor spaces.
“By 2021, we’ll be leaving this site stronger and more prepared for future storms,” said NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye.
NYCHA is working to make repairs to 33 public housing developments that sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy and is investing $3 billion in FEMA funds into various neighborhoods as part of its Sandy Recovery to Resiliency program.