At the beginning of the week, NY1 told viewers about a residential building downtown damaged by Hurricane Sandy whose condo owners were told by management they wouldn't be able to move back in until spring. Now, management is singing a different tune, and residents are relieved. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
No longer locked out, condo owner Michael Nip is relieved to finally be returning home a month after Hurricane Sandy flooded his building downtown.
When NY1 met with Nip earlier this week, he said management for his building, Greenwich Club Residences, informed condo owners it expected to be shut down for another four months.
"It's very disheartening because at this time, it's crunch time now, and you see how other buildings handled this situation, whether they have good project management, good resources, and we see other buildings being online," Nip said.
At the time, NY1 contacted the management company, Cooper Square Realty. A spokesman told NY1 a team of experts was on site daily working to guide the restoration process. He went on to say the company was doing everything within its power to return to normal operations as expeditiously as possible.
Now, a few days after our story aired, the Cooper Square Realty spokesman tells NY1 the 452-unit condominium tower will reopen to residents early next week. Management said original estimates after the storm indicated residents could be displaced from the building for up to four months. However, the spokesman said strategic planning and long hours allowed them to restore critical services to the building in just over four weeks.
It's a tremendous weight lifted off the shoulders of those happy to return home for the holidays.