Quality of life issues need to be addressed
The following is an open letter from the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association to Sean Sullivan, the new general manager of the complex.
Dear Mr. Sullivan:
We are writing to welcome you to our community as the new General Manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.
For over 40 years, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association has been the voice of tenants in this neighborhood and we look forward to working with you.
We appreciate Rose Associates’ expressed desire to collaborate with the Tenants Association to resolve a variety of community issues, but unfortunately there are still many outstanding quality of life concerns that residents continue to feel are not being taken seriously enough by management.
The biggest and most serious issue is Rose Associates and CWCapital’s policy of actively marketing the community as a place to “live and live it up,” as well as corresponding practices such as the installation of pressurized walls to increase occupancy in units.
These practices have had negative residual effects on the quality of life and maintenance and upkeep throughout our community. An ever-increasing and rapidly revolving tenant population strains resources and creates the need for increased and improved maintenance, greater responsiveness from Public Safety, and better enforcement of existing rules to protect tenants’ quality of life.
Beyond that broader policy question, a recent survey conducted by the TA on building maintenance and upkeep provides evidence that there are a number of basic issues that need your urgent attention.
• Increased deterioration in cleanliness of recycling rooms after 6 p.m. and on weekends
• Delayed and ineffective responses to noise complaints, including a lack of enforcement of the 80 percent carpet rule
• Poorly maintained laundry rooms and substandard washers and dryers
• Lengthy delays and unacceptable wait times to attend to maintenance requests
• Inability for residents to enjoy open spaces due to ineffective enforcement of rules on the Oval and lawns, including restricting dogs to designated areas and providing fencing to stop people from creating dirt pathways across the lawns.
As a next step, we would like to meet with you to further discuss these issues and how best to resolve tthem. We also would like to invite you to a town hall meeting to hear directly from residents.
We were pleased to see in your introductory statement that you are “honored to join the effort to make PCVST a place thiscommunity is happy to call home.”
We welcome you to that effort, and look forward to working with you to ensure that ST-PCV is maintained and managed in such a way that tenants can feel good about.
President, ST-PCV Tenants Association