2006-07-14 / Columnists

Ocean Park Housing Complex Not Quite Finished

Work Continues Despite Grand Reopening
By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

The way the plaza looked the day of the ribbon cutting announcing renovations were complete. The way the plaza looked the day of the ribbon cutting announcing renovations were complete. While the owners of Ocean Park Apartments, on Beach 17 Street, declared the $11 million renovation of the complex complete at a ribbon cutting on June 27, workmen have been using jackhammers and digging up concrete since the day after the event.

At a ceremony last month the buildings owners, Related Apartment Preservation, announced renovations on the affordable housing complex was finished.

Related Apartment Preservation said that part of the renovation was an outdoor plaza overhaul, as reported in this newspaper on June 30.

Through a representative, Related Apartment Preservation and Related Management Company said, "The [current] work in the plaza is required to remediate some limited areas that cracked after they were cast," explained Alan J. Segan of Rubenstein Public Relations. "Efforts are being made to coordinate the timing of the work so it least disturbs residents' schedules. The work should be complete within the next month, but is somewhat weather dependent."

Portions of the plaza are now roped off with yellow caution tape. Portions of the plaza are now roped off with yellow caution tape. In addition, residents have told The Wave about nightly gatherings by young people making noise - beginning at approximately 11 p.m. and ending between 3 and 4 a.m. Despite repeated calls to the 101 Precinct the police have not responded to the complaints, residents say.

"Management is working in cooperation with the tenant association to address the issue of youths loitering in the plaza. The efforts to resolve it include coordination with the responsible parents as well as the police department," Segan said.

The stairs have been dug up by workmen using jackhammers and made impassable. Except for a break over the July 4 weekend, work on the plaza has been almost constant since June 28. The stairs have been dug up by workmen using jackhammers and made impassable. Except for a break over the July 4 weekend, work on the plaza has been almost constant since June 28.

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