In this oped, City Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council nominee Mark Levine argue that locals are right to be concerned about the potential impacts on air quality if construction were to begin on Jewish Home Lifecare.
Jewish Home Lifecare
Upper West Siders loudly objected to a controversial proposal to build a high rise nursing home in the neighborhood at a packed public meeting Tuesday evening.
The Department of Health has called for a study of the potential impacts of development and past contamination at Jewish Home Lifecare’s proposed relocation site.
Jewish Home Lifecare, which is looking to build a high-rise in the middle of the Park West Village housing complex, submitted the results of a preliminary environmental study to the State Department of Health on Monday.
Jewish Home Lifecare’s plan to build a nursing home in a parking lot on West 97th Street is facing renewed opposition after a study found that construction on the lot could release toxic levels of lead into the air.
The project is still temporarily enjoined by a lawsuit against the developer over the removal of parking spaces at Park West Village. But many opponents of the development saw Thursday’s hearing as the last, best chance to stop it.
Cooper, a progressive with a long record on the Democratic State Committee, is the fifth candidate for the Upper West Side seat being vacated by Gale Brewer.
A state Supreme Court ruling means that Jewish Home will need to get approval from a state agency before moving ahead with its development plan.
In at least a temporary victory for Park West Village tenants, a judge agreed to an injunction preventing any modification of the parking lot that the nursing home plans to relocate to.
Jewish Home Lifecare's move to 97th Street was opposed by neighbors and the community board, but the city has decided that the 20-story project meets the scope of current zoning restrictions.
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