Two Buffalo property owners are required to address lead-based paint hazards in two Buffalo apartment complexes under a settlement with the New York State Attorney General.
The two apartment complexes, Elmwood Anderson and Lafayette-Barton, have a history of property violations issued by the Erie County Department of Health and the City of Buffalo.
According to the Attorney General's office, the health department issued violations to the properties' former owner in response to reports of children with confirmed elevated blood lead levels. The City of Buffalo also issued property violations for improper maintenance of interior surfaces.
The settlement announced Thursday requires property owners to address the lead-based paint hazards in the buildings by following a detailed work plan that includes replacement of all windows, tight-fitting doors, cabinet drawers, floors, and other "friction surfaces" that contain lead-based paint.
“Exposure to lead paint and lead dust poses a serious health hazard to everyone, but is especially harmful to our young children,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This settlement requires major permanent fixes that will help protect future generations of children. Buffalo is among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America, and my office will continue fighting to hold property owners accountable and ensure that families in Western New York and across the state can rest assured that their homes are free of dangerous lead.”
The investigation found the vast majority of the apartment buildings' units contained deteriorated lead-based paint that is peeling, chipping, chalking or cracking, or located on a surface that is damaged or deteriorated.