Neighbors Demand Return of Rivington House with Vigil

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 at 5:07 am by

A protest vigil is set to hold court around Rivington House later today.

Neighbors to Save Rivington House, among other local activists, politicians, and neighborhood brethren are planning to “physically surround the building in a solemn direct action intended to send a message of resolve and community unity in demanding the return of the building.” The idea is to enforce local support in demanding the return of Rivington House, as well as the importance of needing skilled nursing beds in the neighborhood. The gathering is happening from 4 – 7pm, at 45 Rivington Street, rain or shine.

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.

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, de Blasio has maintained that he had no knowledge of the land deal.

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