Harlem community center dealing with leaks needs repairs

HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) – A Harlem community center meant to be a safe haven for children and a gathering place for the elderly has become an obstacle course of danger, its manager said.

The Grant Houses community center has leaky ceilings. The leaks destroyed computers and prevented children from entering playrooms.

“That’s where the sewage flowed. So this room has been closed for months,” said Kevin Belmont, assistant director of youth services at the Grant Houses Montefiore Moshulo Community Center.

The computer lab was deemed unsanitary.

“Leaks were getting into the computers and they were starting to malfunction,” said Grant Cornerstone program director Cassandra Quick.

The building is supposed to be maintained by the New York City Housing Authority. New York Council Member Shaun Abreu reached out to PIX11 News for help.

“NYCHA needs to launch today,” said Carlton Davis, president of Grant Houses tenants.

A NYCHA spokesperson said staff completed most leak-related repairs at the Grant Cornerstone Community Center on Tuesday.

“This included locating leaks and addressing, plastering, painting and other necessary repairs,” the spokesperson said. “The last item is an access panel that needs to be installed, which staff are waiting to receive. We are also working to find suppliers and schedule additional repairs if needed. We ask all residents to continue to use MyNychaApp or call the Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771 to create a work order ticket for any maintenance needs.

Jill E. Washington