As of yesterday, the 80-year-old Bialystoker Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has shut its doors for good.
The move came as expected, despite protests from residents and staffers who alleged malfeasance on the part of the center’s board of directors, while staging rallys and holding press conferences over the last several months. Local elected officials had also appealed to the state health commissioner, to no avail.
In addition to prompting the relocation of nearly 100 elderly residents, local religious organizations who held services in the building at 228 E. Broadway have had to find new space. They include the congregation at Young Israel, which has been without permanent headquarters since losing its home across the street to a development deal gone awry.
Bialystoker’s 1929 building is still listed for sale, and being marketed as an opportunity for demolition and redevelopment. Meanwhile, a new group is marshalling support for its preservation via landmark designation.
Read all of our recent coverage of the Bialystoker Center in our archives.