Dekalb Avenue apartment residents still waiting for building improvements

Residents at 3569 Dekalb Avenue in Norwood are still waiting for their apartment building to be brought up to code, more than a year after a young boy died from an electrical fire on the premises in the summer of 2002.Following the fire, a judge ordered that the landlord be removed, and a new administrator brought in to fix up the crumbling building. Since then, most residents in the building say they have been happy with the progress, but now, renovations cannot be finished because of a recent court order.During a proceeding at Manhattan Supreme Court, a judge issued the order to stop construction while the old landlord continues his legal battle. The landlord said he wanted to take over the building again at a proceeding at Bronx Housing Court.A spokesman for the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development says the agency is working with the tenants, and they are hoping a judge will lift the stop order on construction.

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