2005-12-16 / Community

JASA Responds To Tenant’s Mold Complaints

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Donald Manning, representing the management for JASA, answers a question from one of the residents during the December 8 meeting. Also pictured are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and building manager Donna Stuart.
Donald Manning, representing the management for JASA, answers a question from one of the residents during the December 8 meeting. Also pictured are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and building manager Donna Stuart.

  • Officials from the management of the Jewish Association for Services to the Aged (JASA) were forced last week to respond to complaints of mold in the agency’s Wavecrest apartment building.
  • At a meeting with tenants on December 8, the management of the JASA building at 19-15 Seagirt Boulevard responded to concerns of many areas of mold in the building, especially in some of the common areas.

    As reported in the December 2 issue of The Wave, the management was confronted with the same situation at a tenants’ meeting last month.

    A new study conducted by the NYC Department of Health showed elevated levels of mold in the common room on the first floor.

    “Mold is everywhere [in the room]. It is elevated more than normal,” said Donna Stuart, the building’s manager.

    Stuart, along with her supervisor Donald Manning, announced that cleaning the mold should be completed in the next couple of months. Until then, tenants are prohibited from entering the room.

    Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer says that the problem makes the previously heavily used room virtually unusable.

    “Law-wise, health-wise, any way you look at it, you can’t go back into that room,” said Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer. “[If the room were used], everybody would be subject to all kinds of lawsuits.”

    Residents, concerned that the closing of the room will interrupt their plans for holiday activities, have been told that the management would work with them to find other space to insure their plans could proceed as scheduled.

    In the latest study, mold was also found in the kitchen used by the tenant’s association. A little over a year ago, testing for mold in the building’s apartments was conducted which came back positive. Since that time, the affected units have been cleaned.

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