City: Dayton Dwellers Will Know By June
Dayton cooperators will find out in June if their monthly maintenance is going to spike by 31 percent and still have time to let the city know what they think of the proposed increase.
The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development will keep the record open until March 12, allowing residents to comment by mail, according to spokesperson Vir ginia Gliedman. HPD will then consider the comments and review Day ton Beach Park’s finances.
"We will weigh all of the pertinent facts. That’s one reason we don’t do this quickly," Giledman said. "If there’s going to be a new maintenance structure it would be about June 1," she added.
HPD, which has the final say, met with cooperators at the 8600 building on Monday morning. About 250 Day ton residents, many of them standing, flooded the community room. The majority of them urged HPD to can the co-op board approved hike.
Dayton resident JoAnn Shapiro, who attended the meeting as a representative of State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, told HPD they should "investigate and address all concerns." Other residents picked at the co-op’s budget and questioned everything from swimming pool related costs to recent legal expenses.
Ed Williams, NAACP Chapter Chair, Chris Wagner, representing City Councilman Joe Addabbo and Lew Simon, Democratic District Leader, also attended.
Meanwhile, Dayton resident Bruce Jacobs is working to form a tenants association and called on HPD to re move current co-op board members. "They don’t represent us," he said.
The average cooperator with a two-bedroom apartment, and paying maintenance of $570., would see their payments rise to $760. over the next three years if the proposed maintenance hike passes. HPD is required to give 15 days notice before any rent increase can take effect.