MTA provides cash to those forced to move for subway construction
Residents of the 28 apartments on the Upper East Side who are being temporarily displaced as the MTA builds the Second Avenue Subway will be getting some monetary perks for their inconvenience.
Besides footing the bill for movers, the rent at their current apartment and a daily $40 per person food allowance, the MTA is offering residents the option of moving into a furnished hotel room or getting a monthly stipend of $5,010 to $9,000 monthly, depending on the size of the home they are vacating.
Of eight units, those living in six have taken the stipend so far, the MTA said.People will begin moving out of their apartments on Saturday, and remain out of their homes for four to eight weeks, according to transit officials. The MTA estimates it will cost at least $6 million to resettle the residents and shore up their buildings.
“We are coming in to fix things that are dangerous to the public,” said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction.
The MTA may have to relocate other residents as it keeps digging the subway, with the agency identifying 20 other buildings that will need some repair work, officials said Monday. Another 111 properties along Second Avenue have yet to be surveyed.