De Blasio Scuttles Deal for Rivington House Replacement at 30 Pike Street

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 at 5:14 am by

Talk about a bait and switch.

Mayor de Blasio yesterday reneged on his year-old promise of senior affordable housing at 30 Pike Street, currently a Department of Environmental Protection facility. It had been a knee-jerk remedy in response to his atrocious handling of the Rivington House scandal. However, that plan was just scuttled in favor of said housing elsewhere in the neighborhood.

The deal to bring 88 new affordable homes to seniors and 60 new nursing facility beds to the neighborhood remains full speed ahead, yet according to the city, the updated plan is twofold. First, a relocation of the senior homes to a new 400-unit mixed-use tower on the parking lot adjacent to 50 Norfolk Street. It’s near the former site of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, which burned down this past May. The building will also include a new congregation space for the synagogue and new digs for the Chinese-American Planning Council.

As for the promised nursing facility beds, they will be located at the Gouverneur facility (227 Madison) in unused spaces, and are expected to active by April.

“This neighborhood must be made whole for a broken City process that resulted in the sale of a critical health care facility,” Mayor De Blasio said in a statement.

This news comes hot on the heels of the Allure Group settlement with the Attorney General, which requires restitution of $1.25 million to LES nonprofits providing healthcare services within the community, as well as $750,000 in penalties and costs to the state, among other facility-related improvements.

[h/t Curbed]

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