This morning, Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li called on the de Blasio administration to compensate the Lower East Side community for the loss of Rivington House, a building housing an AIDS patient hospice that has sold for $116 million to a private developer and is likely to be converted to luxury condominiums because of the actions of city agencies tasked with managing and protecting community assets.
Brewer, Chin, and Li were joined by State Senator Daniel Squadron, who fought to keep healthcare beds in the Lower East Side Community, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and affected community members.
At the press conference, Brewer and Chin also proposed a reform plan to prevent similar losses of community assets by creating transparency requirements for city-imposed restrictions in real property deeds.
“Mayor de Blasio has said he’d have blocked the city actions that led to the loss of Rivington House if he’d known about them, and I take him at his word — but admitting to a mistake is only the first half of owning up to it,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The mayor must make this community whole by investing millions to create a new community facility and replace the beds lost in the sale of Rivington House, and we must all work together to reform how the city handles deed restrictions, so this never happens again.” Read more…