Displaced Residents of Fire-Stricken 289 Grand Street Finally Return
Ravaged by fire three years ago, 289 Grand Street (aka 91 Eldridge) has risen from the ashes. So to speak. The mixed-use corner building recently scored a ground floor tenant, and one that benefits the neighborhood. A new 99 Cent store called Da Hing.
And today there’s other good news. The 200 residents that were displaced from 289 Grand finally returned to their homes after such a long period in exile. For the last couple years, the Tenants Association, AAFE, and the legal team at HPD worked tirelessly to force the landlord to repair the building. Council Member Margaret Chin is holding a press conference later this morning at 10:00 am to officially announce the tidings.
The seven-alarm fire was sparked on April 12, 2010 from, and was one of the worst recorded in Chinatown history. 33 people were injured, one 87-year-old left dead, and 200 displaced.
NYC HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
State Senator Daniel Squadron (invited)
City Council Member Margaret Chin
Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
289 Grand Street Tenants Association
Press Conference on the return of the tenants of 289 Grand Street
Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:00am
AAFE’s Chinatown Office
111 Division Street, New York, NY 10002 (between Pike and Orchard)