Tell Mayor de Blasio to Reverse the Rivington House Deal [PETITION]
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It’s not enough that Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation to prevent another Rivington House situation from happening. Or that our public officials continue to assert that the deed restriction process will require more scrutiny in the future. Here’s what needs to happen: the $116 million deal needs to be rescinded, the lifted deed reinstated, and the facility returned to community use.
To that end, Kathleen Webster of Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition started a petition this week to gather support for said outcome. It’s also backed by the broader Neighborhood to Save Rivington House Task Force. There are close to 200 signatures as of this morning.
Below is the pitch. Reverse Rivington House:
Rivington House was built by the public for the public to serve its low-income Lower East Side neighborhood.
The building’s deed required it to remain a not-for-profit health care facility in perpetuity, and from 1995-2014, the former public school served as an AIDS/HIV hospice, providing vital end-of-life services to our community’s sick and frail.
But after a series of questionable deals and a secret deed restriction reversal by the city, a group of investors and real estate developers bought the property with the sole intention of turning it into a high-end luxury condo building.
This neighborhood doesn’t need more investments opportunities for the wealthy; we need affordable, supportive homes for our community’s most vulnerable.
It’s time the Mayor stand up for this city’s elderly and sick and stand up to profiteering real estate developers who are tearing apart all of our communities.
Help us win Rivington House back for the community that needs it. Sign this petition and tell Mayor De Blasio to reverse the deed restriction and return Rivington House to the people of the Lower East Side.
Thank you for helping us win this vital building back.