Mayor De Blasio: Return Rivington House to the LES
Rivington House was built by the public for the public to serve its low-income Lower East Side neighborhood.
The building's deed required it to remain a not-for-profit health care facility in perpetuity, and from 1995-2014, the former public school served as an AIDS/HIV hospice, providing vital end-of-life services to our community's sick and frail.
But after a series of questionable deals and grossly insufficient and hidden public notice, the deed restriction was lifted by the city, a group of investors and real estate developers bought the property with the sole intention of turning it into a high-end luxury condo building.
This neighborhood doesn't need more investments opportunities for the wealthy; we need affordable, supportive homes for our community's most vulnerable. It's time the Mayor stand up for this city's elderly and sick and stand up to profiteering real estate developers who are tearing apart all of our communities.
Help us win Rivington House back for the community that needs it. Sign this petition and tell Mayor De Blasio to reverse the deed restriction and return Rivington House to the people of the Lower East Side.
Thank you for helping us win this vital building back.
- Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
Rivington House is the latest New York nursing home to be bought by real estate developers only to be abruptly closed to make way for luxury condos. This leaves our elderly and most vulnerable without the care they need, displaces skilled nursing staff from their jobs, and breaks down the relationships that hold this community together.
Given the ongoing investigations into how and why the building's deed restriction was lifted by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services out of sight of the public, we ask you to intervene and return Rivington House to our community's elders and most vulnerable.
They deserve a safe, supportive, and affordable place to live.
Thank for your timely attention to this matter.
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