Mount Sinai Begins Work at New Rivington House Facility
There is activity anew at Rivington House, where Mount Sinai is busy converting the former nursing home into its Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center.
The hospital network filed for a slew of permits with Department of Buildings for various jobs on-premise. Included in the filings are plans for interior demolition, excavation, and foundation work.
At street level, a demolition truck is parked outside the Forsyth service entrance.
The $140 million transformation is apparently the largest private investment in behavioral health in New York history. According to previous public statements:
The new facility, located at the site of the current Rivington House, will offer downtown residents a holistic approach to mental health and become a one-stop location for psychiatric, addiction, physical health, and social service needs. The new facility preserves all of the existing services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and offers a host of new services, including intensive crisis and respite beds, partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, mobile and in-home services, behavioral health care engagement teams, and primary care services. The site will not include methadone treatment services.
The Rivington House building sold to a mystery buyer last September for $159.6 million, and was the latest turn for a property mired in scandal these last few years. The Rivington House saga began in early 2016 after then-owner 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.
Initial plans were for a condo conversion, but incessant community pressure eventually yielded a deal with Mount Sinai to use 130,000 square-feet for this behavioral health program. They signed a lease last year.