Mount Sinai Can’t be Bothered to Clean Trash from Rivington House

Posted on: June 30th, 2020 at 5:03 am by


Rivington House
is a trash-strewn mess, and it doesn’t appear that the Mount Sinai overlords care about cleanup.

At the outset of the COVID-19 lockdown, the future Behavioral Health facility erected a plywood shed to help repel the homeless that tend to loiter and sleep at the doorway. Activity that has transpired on the spot since the historic school building sold for $116 million back in 2016, sparking major controversy.

Now, the doorstep is a mess, and neighbors on Rivington Street are not happy.

“When does Mount Sinai plan to start acting like owners and take care of this property,” one resident asked us in an email. “They can’t reasonably expect to be considered good caretakers of community health when they let this garbage collect around their facility—and remain there for days.”

Mount Sinai is investing $140 million transformation is apparently the largest private investment in behavioral health in New York history.

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.

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.

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