UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The city of Utica evacuated 58 residents from the Olbiston Apartments on Genesee Street on July 15. After years of battling with the property owner to bring the building up to code, the building was deemed unlivable. The city now hopes to see changes after a case is settled in the supreme court.
According to an update from the mayor’s office, 53 of those 58 former residents have been placed in permanent, temporary or transitional housing. The city is working diligently to find placements for the 5 tenants who have yet to be relocated. The update from the mayor says, “The city will continue to collaborate with its partners until all Olbiston tenants are placed in clean and safe housing units.”
The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York will host an information session this Wednesday, July 21 for former residents. The event will help answer questions residents may have about their rights, reasonable accommodations, evictions, public benefits, or other legal issues. The event will be held at the DeSales Center on Genesee Street in Utica at 6 p.m.
The city has spent the last few years in a legal battle with the building owner. It started with simple code violations that we not taken care of, and from there, the issue was brought before the city courts. Now, the case is being put before the Supreme Court and the city hopes the owner will finally be held accountable for the unlivable condition the building is in today.