Jewish Home Lifecare, which is planning to build a new 20-story nursing home on 97th street, will conduct months of environmental tests to determine how much lead has collected at the site, among other things. The Environmental Impact Statement is unlikely to slow the project, which is still expected to break ground next year, said Ethan Geto, a spokesman for the nursing home. But the nursing home’s opponents consider the EIS a victory, making the developer study the toxic chemicals at the site, which is right next to PS 163. It is now a parking lot. Residents presented a petition with about 2,500 signatures on it to the governor urging him to order a review, said local resident Martin Rosenblatt.
Rosenblatt said Jewish Home has been eager to build and has not engaged the community, but Geto said that the center had been meeting closely with the community and was going through all of the necessary reviews to insure the site is safe.
Jewish Home Lifecare is building the new nursing home because its current home on 106th street is outdated (parts of the old building were built in the 19th century) and inefficient.
There is a meeting to solicit comments on the project on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at PS 163 at 163 West 97th street. You can send written comments until July 12 at 5 p.m. More details are in the Draft EIS scoping document posted below. The scoping meeting has been postponed, with no new date set yet.