At Rivington House, Soil Drilling Signals the Future [Updated]

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 at 9:45 am by

rivington-house-drill-1_wm

This fifteen-foot Davey Drill arrived on Forsyth Street the other day. Situated directly outside Rivington House, its placement is the first real sign of forward progress toward condo redevelopment.

Singular function – collection of soil samples ahead of any development.

No construction is happening onsite, though. At least, not that we’ve noticed. A stop-work order from April 2016 is still active.

Update: we are told that the boring is related to MTA work in the vicinity. The ventilation plant. 

As previously reported, the de Blasio administration accepted $16.1 million from the Allure Group to lift the deed on the Rivington House that required its use as a nonprofit. This led to a $116 million sale to the developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate. The conglomerate will convert to luxury condos. To mitigate fallout from the scandal, the Mayor then proposed last September to replace those lost services by converting the city property at 30 Pike Street (between Madison and Henry) into senior affordable housing and a health care facility.

rivington-house-drill-2_wm

Recent Stories

Luxury Accessories Brand ‘Title of Work’ Opens Flagship on Orchard Street

The eponymous Site 57 gallery spent two years in the ground floor of 57 Orchard Street before folding not long ago. It’s been replaced. A new fashion boutique just opened behind that corrugated metal awning. Title of Work is the name of the newcomer, which specializes in men’s formal accessories that “skillfully merges art, science, […]

New Target at Essex Crossing is Plagued by Thefts

For shoplifters, the bullseye on the facade of 400 Grand Street is an invitation. Indeed, the small-format iteration of Target at Essex Crossing has become just that in the short month since it opened. According to police sources at the 7th Precinct, there have been 42 reported thefts inside the second-floor retailer since the August […]

Chinatown Locals ‘Erase the Hate’ of Insensitive Gate Murals

One Los Angeles-based street artist angered residents in Chinatown for racially-insensitive caricatures across the neighborhood this weekend. Someone with the tag name Sickid1 imparted the controversial images on at least three store gates over the weekend – 34 Mott, 81 Allen, and 38 Allen Street. Outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan took it upon himself to […]

Another Malaysian Cafe Replaces the Old ‘Kopitiam’ HQ on Canal Street

The Perfect Taste is now on Canal Street. Literally. A new Malaysian cafe by that name opened yesterday in the original home of Kopitiam. The tiny shop takes over after the latter moved from 51 Canal to East Broadway several months ago (thanks to a rent hike). As the awning suggests, Perfect Taste features “healthy […]

CNBC’s ‘American Greed’ Focuses on Ex-Con Landlord Steve Croman

Ex-con Steve Croman is now the subject of a television hit piece by CNBC as part of its American Greed series. The second half of the program is dedicated to the notorious landlord in a segment appropriately called “Lousy Landlord.” You’ll recall that Croman completed his “white collar” sentence on June 1, having served eight months […]