TROY, N.Y. — Mayor Patrick Madden and the City of Troy are sharing the field observation report prepared by the City’s independent engineering firm and photos taken by Deputy Mayor Christopher Nolin detailing the inspection conducted on July 6, 2023—the date requested by Harbour Point Gardens property owners.
The observed conditions at Harbour Point Gardens were again determined by Code Enforcement to be unfit for occupancy. Inspectors found gaping holes in walls, power cut to a whole building over damaged electrical systems, and broken windows. Emergency egress windows were obstructed by Tyvek HomeWrap.
“After weeks of engaging in good faith, Code Enforcement arrived at Harbour Point Gardens optimistic about the possibility of tenants returning home but were met instead by shocking and appalling conditions, as shown in this week’s inspection documents” said Mayor Wm. Patrick Madden. “My patience is wearing thin and as we explore further options, my message to the property owners is that they must stop dragging their feet and take action now so our neighbors can get back to their normal lives.”
Deputy Mayor Christopher Nolin penned a letter to Lexington Properties, LLC Asset Manager Levi Katz; excerpted: “The City of Troy expects to see a certified letter from a qualified design professional submitted by your organization, we still are awaiting a building permit application outlining how you plan to remediate these units, and there is still the outstanding bill due to the city.”
The City has yet to receive a building permit application explaining how the property owners intend to move forward with a remediation plan. The property owners have outright refused to provide the City with tenant contact information—tenants are encouraged to enroll in updates by texting “HPG” to 38276 or to call our helpline at 518-279-7156.
This week, the Troy City Council took the rare step to subpoena Lexington Properties, LLC over their unacceptable and offensive behavior. “Our tenants and community deserve better, and reckless landlords will be held accountable under the law,” noted Mayor Madden in support of the subpoena.
Background information on this matter may be found at troyny.gov/hpg.
Wm. Patrick Madden was elected Mayor of the City of Troy on November 3, 2015. Mayor Madden previously served for 30 years as the Executive Director of the Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP), a community development corporation with a strong commitment to providing a path to home ownership through financial management counseling and educational programing, helping over thousands of families purchase their first home. Over the course of his tenure, Mayor Madden has rescued the City from a direly indebted financial position, initiated a comprehensive and equitable lead service line replacement program and enacted policies that have grown our small business economy and improved Troy’s housing stock.