Mount Sinai Begins Work at New Rivington House Facility

Posted on: March 5th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

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.

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