Neighbors on High Alert After Workers Spotted at Rivington House (Updated)

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The Department of Buildings imposed a stop work order on the former Rivington House facility April 5, and the controversial site has been mostly quiet since that time. But local residents this morning have spotted workers in and around the building, hauling trash, sheet rock and other items out of 45 Rivington St.

Rivington House is the subject of at least four investigations, following the city’s decision to lift deed restrictions on the longtime Lower East Side nursing home. China Vanke Co., Slate Property Group and Adam America Real Estate hope to convert the property to luxury condos after paying $116 million for the building. Locals are determined to stop their plan.

According to the Buildings Department’s website, the stop work order is still in effect. It was ordered by the borough commissioner. City officials previously said a routine audit was being conducted on the developers’ construction permit for the “removal of flooring, walls and ceiling finishes.”

Neighbors wasted no time this morning in calling 311:

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UPDATE 5/23/2016 An inspector was called to 45 Rivington St. in response to several complaints received by the Department of Buildings. A notation in the DOB computer system reads, “No violation warranted at time of inspection… No construction work observed in the building… Furniture move-out only.”