Hoarders Now Number Among Renovation Headaches

Penn South has a problem with its pack rat residents.

Penn South has a problem with its pack rat residents.

There are so many unexpected problems that can arise during major renovations—interior demolition work reveals not only water damage, deterioration, rot, asbestos, rodents but, as Penn South recently discovered, hoarders.

Elderly hoarders at the affordable housing complex in Chelsea, which is undergoing a massive project to replace its heating and cooling systems, are costing the co-op a staggering $40 million, according to DNAinfo. And that’s in addition to the $100 million that the complex is already spending on workers and materials. 322711