Mount Sinai Inks Deal for Rivington House Behavioral Health Facility
An end-of-year surprise.
It appears that health care is in fact returning to Rivington House. And allegedly at the expense of condo conversion.
Neighbors to Save Rivington House group disclosed this week that co-owner Slate Property Group recently signed a “Letter of Intent” with Mount Sinai Hospital to move its “Behavioral Health” program into the former nursing home.
While an apparent carrot for the neighborhood in the wake of the nearly-three-year-old scandal, the advocacy group is still fuming that building ownership, which inked this deal purportedly without public input, didn’t consider the true needs of the community. Namely, the loss of more than two hundred nursing home beds.
“Neighbors to Save Rivington House has been fighting for three and a half years along with city, state, and federal elected representatives to return this building to the local community as a long-term care nursing/hospice facility,” reads a statement from the group. “This is a desperately needed use on the Lower East Side where all but one nursing home facility has been sold for immense profit to luxury real estate developers leaving its residents and families to scramble for non-existent nursing home housing.”
The Rivington House scandal began in early 2016 after the Allure Group paid the city $16.1 million to lift a restrictive deed, then flipped the property to developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate for $116 million.
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. Upon its sale, 219 beds were lost.