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April 15, 2014- The Post reports on the evictions taking place at 22 River Terrace, “Since tenants received a “red herring” in January, Centurion has refused to renew leases and has exercised an option to cancel others. Some tenants call it “illegal warehousing.” Rent-stabilized tenants can’t be denied lease renewals. But 27-story 22 River Terrace, opened in 2001, is a rare, 100 percent market-rate property because it was built without tax abatements or other subsidies. “It is a little unique in that there are very few [other] pure-market rentals and being converted to condominiums,” said Deborah Riegel, a lawyer at Rosenberg & Estis, who represents Centurion at 22 River Terrace.
But, tenants howl, Centurion “misled” them with a “non-eviction” plan that proved to be meaningless. One called it “a complete work of fiction, listing apartments that don’t or won’t exist.”
Centurion principal John Tashjian refused to say how many units would be emptied. He said through a spokesperson only that 22 River Terrace was over 90 percent occupied in December and is “approximately 75 percent occupied” now.
He wouldn’t “speculate on future occupancy level, which is, in part, tied to the timing of the [AG’s] review and comments on our initial submission.””