Safety Lapses and Homeless in the Hallways of Extell’s Cherry Street ‘Affordable’ Complex

Posted on: January 31st, 2020 at 5:07 am by

It’s a tale of two towers down at Extell’s waterfront properties. While big real estate often focuses on the greatness of One Manhattan Square – even as it arguably fails – the “affordable” development next door at 227 Cherry Street suffers from apparent security issues.

We received an alarming email from a tenant who describes a situation of “virtually unrestricted access to outsiders” that leads to alleged assaults, stolen packages, and homeless roaming the halls and sleeping in the lobby.

The issue has been chronic; ongoing for months. So much so that residents organized a tenant association to fight back. Yet without much luck to date.

Which is why the 227 Cherry Tenant Association is meeting with local politicians, including US Representative Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, and State Senator Brian Kavanagh.

Below is the reader dispatch:

There is virtually unrestricted access to this brand new 204-unit building. We have had numerous outside persons wandering the halls, homeless people sleeping in our lobby, and numerous package thefts, some of which have been recorded. Issues with the building itself are of concern to many tenants

Wavecrest Management/Extell response has been tepid, even after numerous meetings. Police response has not been much better.

The thirteen-story development debuted in 2018, and has been defined by many as a so-called “poor-door” development given the comparative scope and amenities to One Manhattan Square next door (i.e. no comparison).

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