Dietz Lofts residents say they were just notified of a 2016 lead-based paint report: Your Stories

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Residents of Dietz Lofts were only notified of lead-based paint on March 4, 2019. Federal law requires the disclosure of information on lead-based paints to tenants. The study was intially conducted in 2016 during the renovation and conversion of the R.E. Dietz Lantern Factory.

“It says very clearly since lead-based paint was identified on the site, a copy of this report must be provided to new tenants and purchasers of this property under federal law. The complete report must also be provided and made available to new tenants. We were never given this,” said Elliot Lewis.

This issue follows the news that tenants of the upscale apartments are being temporarily forced to leave while the building is cleaned after dust samples tested positive for lead.

Matthew Paulus, President of Paulus Development, issued the following statement: 

“During the 2016 renovation and conversion of the R.E. Dietz Lantern Factory, we retained an independent, certified lead paint surveyor to conduct a lead-based paint inspection of the property. Lead-based paint was detected. It was addressed using standard construction practices. The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 requires the disclosure of information on lead-based paint to tenants occupying housing that was constructed before 1978. This information was disclosed to our residential tenants immediately after we were made aware of the requirement on March 4, 2019.

The issue of lead dust is new and was a surprise to us. As soon as we were notified of a residential tenant’s concern over the possible presence of lead dust we contracted a USEPA-certified lead risk assessor who collected and analyzed more than 1,000 samples throughout the building. Tests confirmed the presence of lead in quantities above EPA standards in approximately 7 percent of the samples obtained from easily accessible areas in the building. The health and wellbeing of our residents and guests is our top priority and we are treating these results with the utmost seriousness and acting quickly to resolve the issue. Out of an abundance of caution we have put in place an aggressive construction plan to address the issue and the first phase of this work will begin next week. We expect the work will be completed by the end of June.”

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