Community Board 3 Wants Reversal of Deed Restriction

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Updated on 19 October 2016 – Removed photograph of Joel Landau through Fair Use Request
April 26, 2016

The LoDown reports:

Community Board 3: Too Early to Talk Compensation; Return Rivington House Now

“Community Board 3 tomorrow night is likely to take a stronger position than that of local elected officials in calling for the return of Rivington House to the Lower East Side as a health care facility.

On April 7, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin, along with CB3 Chairperson Gigi Li, held a news conference outside the former nursing home to “demand compensation for the loss of Rivington House” (press release). The city lifted a deed restriction, enabling the Allure Group to sell the property to luxury condo developers, profiting $72 million.

At last week’s executive committee meeting, Li said a new resolution was being proposed to drive home the point that it’s too early for talk of “compensating” the community for the loss of Rivington House. “We should not give up” on reversing the “deed change so easily,” she told other board members.

A draft resolution to be considered by the full board tomorrow night reads, in part, “CB3 is adamant that the sale of the deed restriction be reversed and the complete deed restriction for Rivington House be reinstated and now calls on Mayor de Blasio to return Rivington House to its use as a skilled nursing facility.”

On Jan. 27, Community Board 3 sent the mayor a resolution strongly criticizing the deed reversal, which had first been reported by The Lo-Down on Dec. 18. The resolution was apparently not read by anyone in the mayor’s office, at least not anyone in authority. The mayor has said he did not learn about the issue until March, when Comptroller Scott Stringer launched an investigation.”


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