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Fresh New Whites For Tanya Towers, Part of $4.4 Million Makeover - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Fresh New Whites For Tanya Towers, Part of $4.4 Million Makeover


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photo(312)Daniel Maurer
photo(313)Daniel Maurer

A low-income housing development on 13th Street just got a mod-tastic new entryway as part of a $4.4 million makeover.

Last November, Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and other public officials announced that Tanya Towers, a Mitchell-Lama development for the deaf and disabled as well as senior citizens, would receive funds for extensive renovations and upgrades, including steps toward LEED certification.

Now a new portico has been installed, giving the nearly 40-year-old building’s drab brick facade a Miami glam flourish. (Here’s what the entryway used to look like.) Glenn Stelzer, director of the building at 620 East 13th Street, told The Local that renovations should be completed by December. Heating and refrigeration units in the development’s 138 apartments have already been upgraded, hallways have been painted, and new windows are currently being installed.

To see what the building might ultimately look like, see renderings that The Villager published last year.