City’s HRA inquired about fate of Rivington House a year before $116M sale

De Blasio has insisted he wasn't aware of the building's fate until March

TRD NEW YORK /
Jun.June 29, 2016 08:34 AM

Mayor Bill de Blasio insists he didn’t know about the controversial deed restriction deal that allowed for the $116 million sale of 45 Rivington Street. But a city agency he has empowered made inquiries about the property more than a year before the sale, according to a new report. 

The city’s Human Resources Administration asked about the Lower East Side nursing home facility known as Rivington House in January 2015, more than a year before it was sold to Slate Property Group,  Adam America Real Estate and China Vanke, Politico reported. The partners plan to build 100 luxury condominiums at the site.

The HRA’s Daniel Tietz, chief special services officer, emailed VillageCare execs in January 2015 asking where things stood with Rivington House, which was being run as an AIDS residence. “I know that the nursing facility has closed, but do you have a plan for the building? If you wouldn’t mind giving me a bit of an update that would be great,” Tietz wrote.

A month later, VillageCare sold the building to Allure, a for-profit nursing home operator, for $28 million.

The city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services reportedly lifted a deed restriction, paving the way for the sale, after receiving $16.1 million from Allure in November 2015.

Allure subsequently sold the property to Slate, Adam America and Vanke for $116 million this February. After the deal, James Patchett, chief of staff for Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, unsuccessfully tried to reclaim the property for affordable housing, according to Politico.

De Blasio insists he did not learn of the deed restriction deal until March 2016, despite reports that a number of city officials did. Officials in his administration have accused Allure of deceiving the city about the fate of the property.

As far back as 2014, HRA sat in on meetings discussing Rivington House’s fate. Sources told Politico that HRA was interested in developing low-income housing there.

“The fact that this administration couldn’t coordinate well enough to find a use for it seems like a management failure, pure and simple,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer told Politico. [Politico] – E.B. Solomont


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: David Lichtenstein, Nathan Berman and David Schwartz

Not so fast, vultures: Multifamily among better “food groups” poised to weather pandemic

Tonight on TRD Talks: Maintaining multifamily in a tumultuous time

Tonight on TRD Talks: Maintaining multifamily in a tumultuous time

Prince Realty Advisors founder David E. Ash and 123 Hope Street (Credit: Google Maps)

HUBBNYC buys Williamsburg mixed-use building for $84M

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the message this week ahead of a formal plan to combat social gathering in the city. (Credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images and Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

New York City to enforce social distancing at parks, playgrounds

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by William Farrington-Pool/Getty Images)

Mayor questions allowing condo construction during pandemic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, iStock)

Governor gives NYC 24 hours to make crowd-reduction plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by William Farrington-Pool/Getty Images)

De Blasio says he will pursue rent moratorium

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: EuropaNewswire/Gado/Getty Images)

De Blasio considering shelter-in-place order

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...