Utica mayor pushing for the owners of Olbiston Apartments to fix code violations

An inspection in 2017 indicated that the Olbiston Apartment building's roof and stairs needed repair. Mayor Palmieri says something needs to be done now about the condition of the apartment building before it gets worse.

Posted: May. 15, 2019 5:41 PM
Updated: May. 15, 2019 11:44 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- An inspection in 2017 indicated that the Olbiston Apartment building's roof and stairs needed repair. Mayor Palmieri says something needs to be done now about the condition of the apartment building before it gets worse.

Olbiston Apartments has been in Utica for over 100 years.

Since 2017 the city has been trying to get the owners of Olbiston to fix the several hazardous code violations, and things are just getting worse.

"This has been a situation that we've been on top of, it's very frustrating at this point, it has got to this point where they quit frankley the landlord has neglected all the orders that have to transpire to make sure the building is safe and clean," Mayor Robert Palmieri said.

The building is owned by a Brooklyn based LLC and they have failed to bring the building up to code. After not complying with the codes department or the Utica Fire Department, the city took the matter to the Supreme Court in August of 2018.

"The Supreme Court has given them until November to fix the problem, that's too long, and I think we may do another show-cause order to have it done immediately," Mayor Palmieri said.

National Grid shut power off to parts of the building Tuesday because of the condition of the roof.

"National Grid was in there because the roof was leaking I believe on several of the floors which caused a circuit breaker to pop," Mayor Palmieri said. "The area that has been cut is where there is no residents at this point."

Mayor Palmieri says right now, the number of resident in the building is unknown.

"Maybe about 70, 60-70 people," Mayor Palmieri said. "I don't think the owners have really a great handle on whose in that building."

Right now, Mayor Palmieri says the number one priority is the resdients.

"We will do everything in our power to accommodate, work with the American Red Cross, work with the county to make sure that they have a clean, safe environment to live in," Mayor Palmieri said.

WKTV did reach out to the office at the apartment building, but we have not yet heard back.

In a statement from mayor Palmieri, he says:

"The Utica Fire Department, codes department, corporation counsel and police department will continue to monitor the situation and take whatever measures are in its power to make sure the residents of Utica are safe."

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