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Chelsea Tenants, Landlord Agree to Clean Up

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The landlord for the historic Chelsea Hotel and 35 of its tenants entered into a court mandated agreement Monday ordering the clean up of hazardous conditions in several apartments and common areas at the site, including removal of mold, lead paint and asbestos.

The agreement outlines a schedule to correct current violations and also stipulates the process for ongoing demolition and construction work in a manner that is safe for all tenants — all measures sought by lawyers for the tenants’ group.

The historic 12-story hotel on W. 23rd St. was purchased by Joseph Chetrit for close to $80 million in 2011. While he was named as a party in this dispute, this agreement removes him and his company, the Chetrit Group LLC, from the proceeding as it moves forward, meaning he is not responsible for the clean-up of the building.

The other owners in the hotel, including Chelsea Dynasty LLC, Chelsea Management LLC, Michael Butler, Lilly Sirkin and Meyer Chetrit, Joseph’s brother, all remain subject to the agreement and will be held to account. The hotel will remain in the jurisdiction of the city’s housing court until the repairs are complete.

“Negotiation is always a give and take,” said Janet Ray Kalson, one of the lawyers for the Chelsea Hotel tenants. While she said she would have preferred to keep Chetrit as a party to the agreement, she stated they achieved what they set out to do when they initiated litigation in December.

Michael Butler, with Chelsea Dynasty, LLC, said many of the requested repairs were inherited from the previous landlord of the building. "The current landlord has already completed many of the requested repairs where access was granted by the tenants. Recent delay in performing any further required resident repairs has been due to the insistence of the attorneys for the tenants' association that all access dates be coordinated through the attorneys only, " Butler said, adding that they look forward to restoring the Chelsea to its "iconic status."

The first deadline for significant clean up is June 30. If they fail to meet this deadline, owners could face fines ranging from $50 - $250 per violation, per day until the repairs are complete.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose district includes the Hotel, issued a statement applauding the agreement but also offered this warning: “We’re going to watch this landlord like hawks to make sure the letter of this agreement is followed.”

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guest'sguest

It is astounding what BD Hotel's and the Chetrit Group have done to the tenant when the tenants at the Chelsea Hotel are its legend which in turn made the property more valuable. BD Hotel's went after the tenants at The Jane Hotel, their neighbor's tenants across from the Greenwich Hotel at 71 N Moore and the tenants at the Chelsea Hotel all at the same time. The thing is Ian and Steve Rubel who invented the boutique hotel never went after the tenants at The Paramount, The Morgan Hotel or Hudson Hotel. They honored the long term tenants rights who became the legends of each hotel. The woman at the Paramount Hotel who lived in the penthouse was a legend in her own right and a total card. But this was what was so interesting about the boutique hotel was its history. A simple fact this Chetrit and BD Hotel's have missed by operating unethically not to honor the previously existing agreements in place before they came along. They have no honor or integrity which has never been the recipe for success in this country.

Oct. 24 2012 04:02 PM
mr smith from 10011

thank you Zoe for bringing us together & helping all of us here to protect our home, good job...the tenant association works thanks agian..

May. 09 2012 08:55 AM
Chelsea resident from Chelsea Hotel NYC

Poor Tenant Association. Their president can't demolish hotel rooms anymore with her non-union, illegal alien work crews and bogus DOB permits, so instead she sues over the very same contamination she caused not very long ago. While running up insurmoutable legal bills.

Next she'll be trying to sell her TA members a bridge in Brooklyn.

May. 09 2012 06:25 AM
Cheryl Wisecup from U.S.

Mold can cause serious health problems. For accurate information about the health effects of mold, asbestos and other indoor contaminants, check out the Global Indoor Health Network at http://globalindoorhealthnetwork.com. Be sure to read GIHN's new position statement.

May. 08 2012 06:14 PM

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