For six Bed-Stuy residents, their dream of home ownership has turned into an ongoing nightmare, as they allege that a developer built shoddy homes, and that a Housing Preservation Department official tried to swindle them out of extra money, according to the Daily News.
The homeowners won a lottery for affordable homes along Lexington Avenue in 2005 (but did not move in until 2008), and the report says that they have experienced ongoing plumbing and heating problems, while developer Delight Construction asked for more money.
According to the Daily News, after the homeowners were stuck waiting two years to move in while contamination on the site was cleaned up, HPD official Wendell Walters (who was arrested in October on bribery and racketeering charges) had requested over $10,000 more from them to be paid to Delight for the cleanup – the homeowners refused.
The six homeowners are now suing Delight Construction, according to the report. A Delight spokesperson told the Daily News that the homeowners are “motivated by monetary and political interests.”
According to their web site, Delight was incorporated in 1986, and has more than $60 million in completed projects under their belt.