Developers of Senior Housing at Synagogue Site Admit Surprise by Mayor’s Rivington House Renege

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 at 5:13 am by

On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio shocked the community when he reneged on the year-old promise to bring affordable senior housing and health care facility to 30 Pike Street. This project on a city-owned parcel (currently for Department of Environmental Protection) was supposed to have been an olive branch after screwing the Lower East Side out of Rivington House.

Instead, the bait-and-switch plan argued that the affordable units in the proposed mixed-use development on the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site would more than suffice. The overall project spans the full block of Broome Street from Norfolk to Suffolk Street, and comprises both a mid-rise (10 stories) and high-rise (30 stories) component with 488 apartments, 188 of which are affordable, and 88 of which are for seniors.

The timing of the city’s announcement and this meeting didn’t sit right with members of Community Board 3 last night, who convened the Land-Use subcommittee to scrutinize the plan for the aforementioned project. The developers – Gotham Organization and the Chinese-American Planning Council – vehemently denied any prior knowledge of the Mayor’s change of heart.

The team did admit that the city approached them back in the fall to increase the number of apartments for senior housing in the development. However, any mention of Rivington House or potential quid-pro-quo was never discussed.

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