There has been a rumor that the Rivington Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation will be closing its doors by Dec. 11. The Lo-Down got confirmation of this impending closure yesterday. (Read their article here.)
For nearly 20 years the Rivington House operated as a nursing home for AIDS patients here at 45 Rivington St. between Forsyth and Eldridge on the Lower East Side. Let's go to The Lo-Down for some background:
Its previous owner, VillageCare, closed the location and sold the building to The Allure Group, a for-profit nursing care provider. The idea was to run the 215-bed center as a nursing home for the general population. The Rivington Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation opened this past February with a limited number of patients. But it has now become apparent that the bureaucratic hurdles of making the facility work are insurmountable.
The Allure Group reportedly plans to open another facility nearby.
An EVG reader told us about the closure this past weekend. The reader had actually been a patient there for a period of time earlier this year, and heard the news from staffers who will be reassigned to other Allure-owned facilities.
So what's next?
Public records show that on Nov. 10, The Allure Group paid $16.15 million for the deed from the city. As The Lo-Down notes, "As part of that deal, the city administration lifted a restriction in place since 1992 requiring the property to operate as a not-for-profit residential health care facility." In addition, The Lo-Down hears from residential neighbors who are "anticipating a market rate residential conversion of the building."
Back to the EVG reader: "The building is incredible with 12-foot ceilings and a penthouse floor that has a view from the UN to all of Midtown and Downtown. I knew it was doomed to have developers all over it from the first day I got there."
What developer around here would buy a nursing home for use as luxury housing? We can think of one for starters.