Fresh Permits Issued for Rivington House Gut Job

Posted on: May 18th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Piecemeal work at Rivington House is progressing, despite pressure from the community and elected officials alike.

The Department of Buildings two weeks ago issued permits to CetraRuddy Architects, the design firm behind the $17.1 million remodeling, for interior demolition, despite the partial stop-work order on the property. This grants the team the ability to renovate on the second and third floors. However, the permit does not allow major structural work onsite, nor any change to occupancy.

Meanwhile, the primary permit for the conversion project remains in a state of limbo (“in process”).

As previously reported, the condo-converted Rivington House calls for 102 apartments 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.

Photo: K Webster

Kathleen Webster, from the Neighbors to Save Rivington House group, provided an update on the conversion, noting that “there was no timely notice to community, local elected representatives, etc. from NYC DOB or the buyers.”

Moreover, that the city also granted the permit flies in the face of the co-signed letter from CM Chin and MBP Gale Brewer to Deputy Mayor for Housing & Economic Development Alicia Glen (below). In it, the officials noted the apparent lack of transparency, and demanded a halt to all work at 45 Rivington Street until issues of zoning are resolved (i.e. not zoned for residential).

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 more than 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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