Rosebank Homeowners Deal with Collapsed Retaining Wall For Nearly a Decade
Nearly a decade since the retaining wall behind nine waterfront homes in the borough collapsed, people who live there say they're still dealing with the damage.
“It’s been very hard the past decade to live here and to try to get things moving,” said Lauren Torres who lives on Waterview Ct. in Rosebank.
It’s a neighborhood affected by a storm in 2007. The storm caused the retaining wall behind nine waterfront homes to collapse. Residents said it still looks similar to what it did in 2007.
"It’s been inhumane with what the people of Waterview court have been asked to go through for the past ten years,” said Torres.
She points to raised manhole covers and a unpaved road, which she says are safety hazards.
“It's being left up to the homeowners to find the money to pave this road," she said.
Residents said they don't have the money to pay for it.
The project developer couldn't pay to repair the wall because he went to prison on unrelated charges. A court appointed receiver charged with raising funds for repairs was removed when residents said he didn't get the job done.
Appeals to the city for financial help have been unsuccessful. Without making repairs to the wall the city says residents could face an uncertain future.
“These people need help,” Said Peter Lisi a resident advocate with the Staten Island Community Watch Council.
He is trying to help. He organized a rally Friday minutes before a judge heard arguments from the city and the homeowners association.
"We're going to fight New York City to the end," he said during the rally.
Friday the court granted residents 60 more days to come up with a plan to fully repair the wall,
welcome news for the group of homeowners because they said otherwise they could have faced injunctions and fines.
"I'm elated that we were given the adjournment,” said Torres.
The homeowners said they plan on taking advantage of the extra time.
"In the next 60 days we decide to be united and we plan to have roundtable with all organizations which can help us," said resident Yuriy Kalyan.
NY 1 reached out to the New York City Law Department for comment on the judge’s decision. In statement City Attorney, Karen Selvin, said: “This case is about the City working to ensure the public safety, not about penalizing individual homeowners. We have been working towards that end throughout the course of the litigation.”
Meantime residents hope to get back to where they were before 2007.
But for now the question remains: who will fix the wall?
Both parties are due back in court June 24.