Rivington House Visioning Event Planned for this Sunday to Discuss ‘What’s Next’

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 at 5:07 am by

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Grassroots organization, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, is hosting two upcoming brainstorming sessions, themed “What’s Next for Rivington House: Creating New Ideas for Community Care.” The goal is to look at an array of possible futures, by offering concrete information and innovative ideas for addressing the care needs (health, respite, supportive housing, disability, etc.) within the community.

Locals are encouraged to join and get vocal about how best to meet those needs. There will be a slew of panelists and speakers with diverse backgrounds, bringing real stories from the neighborhood, an architect’s perspective, and information stemming from community care experts.

“Our position is and has been that Rivington House must be returned to public use for the benefit of our Lower East Side community,” the group noted a recent press release. “We will begin with a two-hour panel discussion, hosted by University Settlement House, where several experts (architecture, public health, care giving, disability rights) will give us a vocabulary of ideas to think about in preparation for a charrette later in the spring.”

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As previously reported, the de Blasio administration accepted $16.1 million from the Allure Group to lift the deed on the Rivington House that required its use as a nonprofit. This led to a $116 million sale to the developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate. Luxury condos up next. To mitigate fallout from the disaster, the Mayor then proposed in September to replace those lost services by converting the city property at 30 Pike Street (between Madison and Henry) into senior affordable housing and a health care facility.

The first visioning event transpires this Sunday (March 12), from 2 to 4pm at University Settlement’s Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets). Refreshments will be served.

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