Community Advocates Meet with Slate Property Group to Discuss Rivington House

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 at 5:11 am by

Rivington House sheltering the homeless, April 2017

Neighbors to Save Rivington House, a grassroots community organization formed in response to the facility’s sale (and resultant scandal) two years ago, recently met with the Slate Property Group to discuss its future in the neighborhood.

Kathleen Webster, the group’s leader who also heads up the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, recapped the meeting with new ownership in an email distribution this week:

We had a wide-ranging and honest conversation [with Slate]. Council Member Chin, Deputy Borough President Mathew Washington, and staff members from MBP’s Land-Use Office and Community Board 3 were in attendance to make our positions, thoughts and data known to the developers. The group from Neighbors to Save Rivington House expressed the community’s ongoing, essential need for Rivington House.  We reminded everyone that the community lost our long-time neighbors along with the 219 long-term stay beds (while the need for such beds continues to climb). No long-term stay beds have come back into our neighborhood (such as Rivington House would have provided).

We are challenging the new owners to engage with the community to make a substantive effort to help regain what we lost and to find a way to meet the desperate need.  We discussed some possible innovative approaches and will meet again. There was some agreement and a will to move forward.

Meanwhile, Slate Property Group already filed paperwork to embark on the Rivington House conversion. Despite the partial stop-work order still in effect on 45 Rivington Street. CetraRuddy Architects is the design firm behind the $17.1 million remodeling, which calls for 102 condos splitting 122,000 square-feet of residential space, including three triplex pads and one duplex. Also proposed in the plans are twelve enclosed parking spaces, bike storage for 54 residents, gym, full spa, lounge, and wine cellar.

The zoning change to residential is still pending, though.

Originally built as a school in 1899, Rivington House was converted to a skilled nursing facility in the early 1990s, serving those living with HIV and AIDS. Since its shutter two years ago, however, the building has since become a major scandal for the de Blasio administration. The Allure Group paid the city $16.1 million to lift a restrictive deed, then sold the property to developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate for $116 million. All along, hizzoner has maintained that he had no knowledge of the land deal.

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