The new site would be a disaster because:
• Twenty stories is inappropriate for this or for any nursing home. No evacuation is possible; the plan is to "shelter in place," should a fire or other catastrophe occur. Unbelievably, lobbyists succeeded in actually reducing the federal fire safety code governing nursing homes. This is outrageous considering the problems of evacuating nursing homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
• West 97th St. is a busy thoroughfare connecting east side traffic through the transverse to the west side and the west side highway. The block from Columbus to Amsterdam Avenues has a narrowed street that is already congested every morning and afternoon. For Coalition’s 2010 Traffic Study of W. 97th Street, send a SAE # 10 envelope to Lewton, 315 W. 86 St. 2B, NY, NY 10024
• Plans for this project show no adequate protection for either residents of the area or for the school children and teachers of PS 163, from inevitable construction accidents.
• Discovery of toxic levels of lead make it imperative that no construction take place so as to not disturb the lead embedded in the soil. What kind of city is this that would leave a generation of children vulnerable to brain injury and to permanent neurological problems so that developers can prosper?
Victory for the community: Jewish Home Life ordered to do an Environmental Impact Statement. Go to http://www.nojhlatpwv.com for more information.