Week After ‘Gas Leak’ and Shutoff at 80 Delancey Street, Residents Remain without Gas
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Last Tuesday, just before the Thanksgiving break, there was an apparent gas leak at 80 Delancey Street. Con Edison quickly shut off the utility to the building.
Residents are pissed, though, mainly due to the purported lack of transparency from management. The building owner of record is the Vintage Group (80 Delancey, LLC), a somewhat lesser-known landlord on the Lower East Side. We’re told by one dweller that Vintage has, to date, “done nothing to update its residents” in any capacity about the gas leak and subsequent shutoff. Despite requests for info.
Said tenant, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, noted the following:
I went into a few of the businesses to ask [for info about the leak]. Starbucks was clueless and only said that they don’t use gas (no cooking etc). The boiler is still working in the building (electric) so there is hot water in the apartments and the Starbucks. I then went to Cohen’s optical and they said they had to leave momentarily on the Tuesday of the shutoff because the gas smell was overwhelming and they were concerned. I also went into the 99 cent pizza hole on Orchard (the only other business underneath 80 Delancey) and they advised me that their pizza ovens are electric.
The purported leak might be connected to the overall renovations happening at this through-block property. Several apartments inside the tenement are undergoing a makeover, permits for which were issued over the summer.
“The only reason [Vintage does] not have a bigger problem on their hands is that 90% of the building is being renovated so they are able to treat us remaining tenants like garbage because we are such a small percentage,” the tenant tipster tells us.
Vintage Group acquired the six-story property in April 2007 for $9.79 million.