An announcement was made by Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding an investment worth $200 million which is going to be used in changing old boilers as well as upgrading the heating systems in 20 different developments under the NYCHA. The plan is set to be completed before 2022. There are many different types of boilers and the ones used by the developments have been considered during the budget allotment.
The funding will be used on sites that require upgrade the most such as those experiencing severe heat and lack of hot water majority of the times. The program aims to replace old boilers and upgrade the heating controls to more modern ones. After the replacements and upgrades are completed, around 45,000 residents will be enjoying the new facilities.
Through the upgrade, NYCHA will be able to save an annual cost of $5 million which is spent on heating costs.
According to de Blasio, this program is similar to the investment they made when they replaced old roofs because it is geared towards solving one of the main problems of the residents of NYCHA. The management expects that thousands of residents will feel the improvement once it is completed. Due to the cold winter which is not like any before it, the old boilers as well as the pipes were subjected to extreme temperature. He added that they are trying to solve the main issues thus they are encouraging their partners, both in the state and federal level, to do similar.
For the fiscal years between 2014 and 2027, De Blasio has pledged to give $2.1 billion for the capital infrastructure of NYCHA while between fiscal years 2014 and 2022, the operations of the agency can expect a funding of $1.6 billion.
Alicka Ampry-Samuel, council member and Committee on Public Housing’s chairman, said that they are praising Mayor de Blasio for his decision and for prioritizing the residents of NYCHA. They recognized that a number of developments are facing challenges especially in different types of boilers and heating system. The $200 million will help them especially now that their funding has been reduced by the federal government.