City of Utica deems Olbiston Apartments unlivable, will help relocate residents

The City of Utica has decided it is not safe for residents to remain in the Olbiston Apartments on Genesee Street.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 9:57 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2021 4:02 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The City of Utica has decided it is not safe for residents to remain in the Olbiston Apartments on Genesee Street.

The third, fourth and fifth floors of the complex were closed to occupants in 2019 because of safety concerns. The codes department has been evaluating the first two floors, and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said the fire marshal would make a determination on whether or not to close the complex on Thursday.

The City released the following statement Thursday morning:

"All Utica residents deserve to live in safe and clean conditions. Despite the countless attempts the city’s made to work with the owners of the Olbiston Apartments, there has been no good faith effort on their part to perform necessary repairs to the facility. Unfortunately, due to this negligence, the building is in deplorable condition.

The city is currently in New York State Supreme Court to compel the owners to make the necessary repairs. While the case is still ongoing, the city has determined it is in the health and safety interest of the tenants to no longer occupy the building and that it be posted until further notice.

The city is working collaboratively with Oneida County, and other community partners, to secure housing for the approximately 60 people who reside in the Olbiston Apartments.

The city must protect the health, safety and quality of life of its residents, and hold those who compromise it accountable."

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