[Rendering of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital]
You have two chances to hear more about Mount Sinai Beth Israel's plans for new facilities on Second Avenue and 13th Street as well as the Rivington House.
Joining in will be nearly every local elected official...
Per the invite (which only showed up in my inbox last night from a reader): "Voice your concerns about the State review process, medical services, insurance that will be accepted and more."
The first public meeting is tonight (Oct. 29) from 6:30-8:30 at P.S. 20, Essex at Houston. Next Monday (Nov. 4) the meeting moves to the Sirovich Senior Center on 12th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. Hospital officials are expected to be on-hand to answer questions about the project.
Back in the summer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel officials released more details on their "$1 billion downtown transformation."
For starters, they submitted an application to the state Department of Health to close and relocate Mount Sinai Beth Israel from its current location on First Avenue and 16th Street to Second Avenue and 13th Street.
As previously reported in the fall of 2016, the Mount Sinai Health System is in the midst of its years-long project to rebuild Mount Sinai Beth Israel, transitioning to a network of smaller facilities throughout lower Manhattan.
The plans include an expanded facility on 14th Street and Second Avenue, which includes a new 7-story hospital on 13th Street on the lot where a now-demolished 14-floor building that housed training physicians and staff once stood.
Per the Mount Sinai Beth Israel news release from July:
Demolition for the planned site of the new Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital was completed earlier this year and, pending approvals, Mount Sinai anticipates breaking ground in early 2020.
Expected to open in 2023, the new hospital will feature all private inpatient beds, cutting edge cardiac and neurologic interventional services, an operative platform, and a state-of-the-art emergency department. It will be integrated with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, allowing for enhanced Ophthalmologic and ENT clinical services, including a 24/7 eye trauma emergency department, and access to state-of-the-art imaging, pharmacy, and laboratory services. In the meantime, the current MSBI hospital and emergency department will remain fully open and accessible until the opening of the new hospital.
As for the former Rivington House:
Included in the $1 billion Downtown plan is a $140 million commitment to create a comprehensive, community-oriented behavioral health center: The Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center.
The new facility, located at the site of the current Rivington House, will offer downtown residents a holistic approach to mental health and become a one-stop location for psychiatric, addiction, physical health, and social service needs. ... The site will not include methadone treatment services.
The sale of the Rivington House, a six-story, 119-year-old building at 45 Rivington St., "represents one of Mayor Bill de Blasio's biggest black eyes," as Gothamist once put it.
In February 2015, the Allure Group paid $28 million for the property, promising that 45 Rivington — the former Rivington Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation — would remain a health facility. In November 2015, a city agency lifted the the deed in exchange for the Allure Group's $16 million payment to the city. Allure then reportedly sold the property for $116 million to a development group with designs on a condoplex for the property that overlooks Sara S. Roosevelt Park, unleashing an outpouring of outrage.
The condo plans never moved forward. Crain's first reported on Mount Sinai's plan to lease the space last December. (The move caught Rivington House advocates by surprise.)
Find more info on the Mount Sinai Beth Israel restructuring at their FAQ page.
Previously on EV Grieve:
An empty lot awaits the future home of the new Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on 13th Street
Permits filed to demolish Mount Sinai's 13th Street residential building
Mount Sinai Beth Israel files plan for 7-story hospital on 13th Street