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Long Time AIDS Nursing Home Rivington House Sold
for $116 Million, Patients Booted Out
  nursing home for HIV/AIDS patients slated to become condos after the city scrapped a deed that would have protected its usage - demanding compensation for their neighborhood's lost community space as well as legislation to prevent such a loss from happening again.
The facility since 1992 had been strapped with a deed that required its operator to run it as a nonprofit health care facility - but city agencies agreed to lift that deed last November at the request of the owner, Allure Group, which had promised to operate a for-profit nursing facility, the Wall Street Journal reported.....Months after the Department of Citywide Administrative Services lifted the deed, Allure sold the property to developers Slate Property Group, Adam American Real Estate Group, and China Vanke for a whopping $116 million, paving the way for a condo development in its place.
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The prospect that it could be sold to a private developer for condos or a hotel will obviously be a source of anxiety for some local residents.
"this building 'belongs' to the low-income vulnerable populations of this community. It is unconscionable to consider losing this valuable human resource of Rivington House when housing is so desperately needed for vulnerable elders and others (including the current tenants). "
According to public records, the former school building was purchased from the city in 1993 for $1,550,000. The original agreement stated that the building's use would be "limited in perpetuity to a not-for-profit 'residential health care facility.' " In 1993, the New York Times reported that "the renovation and expansion of the six-floor building (cost) $72 million, financed by a state bond project.".....
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"In situations where institutional care is necessary, it is important that there are still facilities within local communities so that individuals may be cared for as closely as possible to where their friends and families live," the letter states. "We urge you to ensure this building is preserved as a skilled nursing facility that maintains all beds in service."
Kathleen Webster, a member of Community Board 3 and the president of the Sara Roosevelt Park Coalition in the neighborhood, says if VillageCare had informed the community sooner of its plans to sell Rivington House, they could have avoided displacing 120 patients who are now scattered throughout the city.
"I wish VillageCare would have come to the community early and possibly saved these men from being essentially evicted from their home in a very vulnerable condition," she says. "It's a shame."
Michael Chavez Reilly, whose father died at Rivington House in 2009, is also concerned about the patients being moved. He says he'd like VillageCare to be responsible for tracking the patients after their move and making sure they are getting the same standard of care. "These are some of the most vulnerable, marginalized people in our society," he says. "I just don't want us to forget about them."
Rivington House has a deed with the city specifying that the property must be occupied by a "nonprofit residential care facility." Any buyer who wants to make a profit will have to purchase the facility as a not-for-profit and then petition the city to change the deed.
Rivington House is licensed by the State Department of Health only to provide long-term care for people with HIV and AIDS who have "a need related to their AIDS diagnosis,"
But Rivington House is licensed by the State Department of Health only to provide long-term care for people with HIV and AIDS who have "a need related to their AIDS diagnosis," says Goldman. The nonprofit approached the state and asked about converting its very specific license to a generic long-term-care license, to make it easier to sell the facility to another nursing home provider. "It wouldn't have been a closure," says Goldman. "Hopefully the clients would have been able to stay...under another provider." Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the elimination of nursing home beds and a move toward home-based care a pillar of his health care policy. So VillageCare's request was rebuffed by the state this summer. Since then, "There's been not a lot of progress, honestly," Goldman says. "We're still trying to figure out our options."
With Longtime AIDS Care Center Rivington House Closing, Its Patients Are Left Anxious

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