BY TRONE DOWD
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and the New York City Housing Authority have been working with residents at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway to help abate heating issues that have been plaguing the development for more than a week.
Residents said that the building’s heat has been in and out of service since Dec. 28. According to a report from NYCHA, the initial issue stemmed from two defective pumps that transfer water from a tank to the building’s boilers. While NYCHA workers were able to repair one of the pumps, the other had to be completely rebuilt. Not long after the repaired pump was up and running, it too broke down and was in need of rebuilding.
Since late December, more issues have piled on. The pipe that typically transfers water to the building’s boiler was frozen solid due lack of use. Then, this past weekend, other pipes began to crack as the result of freezing temperatures.
On Jan. 2, Richards tweeted that NYCHA was able to restore heat at Redfern. Since Jan. 4, however, the councilman said that heat has been spotty for some residents.
The Queens Tribune reached out to NYCHA for a more detailed update on the housing development. We will update the story accordingly.