Shed Goes up at Rivington House for Mental Health Facility

Posted on: April 15th, 2020 at 5:07 am by

The conversion of Rivington House into a behavioral health facility is on pause during the shutdown, but there is still onsite activity to report.

Tuesday morning, workers constructed a new plywood shed outside the front entrance of the Mount Sinai owned property. Department of Buildings yesterday approved several permits related to the project.

However, seeing the new plywood, some neighbors feel this is more to do with repelling the homeless that tend to loiter and sleep at the doorway. Activity that has transpired here since the historic school building sold for $116 million back in 2016, sparking major controversy. (The property changes hands again last fall for $159 million.)

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

Advocates of Rivington House, meanwhile, continue to suggest its use for additional beds during the COVID-19 crisis.

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