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Borough President Approves Apartments at Site of St Vincent's Hospital

Monday, November 28, 2011

Developer Rudin Management proposes demolishing the former hospital's main building for new apartments. (Fred Mogul)

Manhattan Borough President Scott Singer has approved zoning changes that would allow the building of luxury apartments on the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital. The move is just one of several needed for the project to go forward.

Brad Hoylman, head of the Community Board 2, praised Singer for negotiating concessions from the developer.

"We’re happy that the project was modified to the extent that it was," Hoylman said. "But we also feel there’s more work to be done on it to make it more consistent with the historic character of Greenwich Village."

Under the agreement, Rudin Management, agrees to take several steps, including limiting the density of the buildings and expanding the amount of open space in an adjacent park.

Almost all of the development will take place on the east side of 7th Avenue — some of it new construction on the site of the former hospital’s main building, which will be demolished, and some of it adapted into other, older buildings.

The residential zoning package doesn't affect the development of a free-standing emergency room by the Northshore-LIJ Health System in the former hospital’s medical office building across 7th Avenue.

Northshore already has many of the approvals it needs to begin its $110 million conversion.

(Photo: Some of St. Vincent's older buildings will be preserved and convereted into apartments. Fred Mogul/WNYC)

Borough President Singer’s conditional approval comes weeks after the local community board largely rejected the Rudin proposal. Stringer wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The project now goes to the City Council and the Planning Commission, which holds its first hearings on the project on Wednesday.

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Apt

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Jun. 05 2012 09:17 AM
centipede220 from All NYC

This is a conspiracy scam and the LIJ emergency whatever is Urgent care on Steroids! Nothing more and people will die.We need a hospital on the West Side and not these lux $29M condo's..the Park donation was manditory to build and the O'toole donation was needed to be made for mission statement. This is a currupt scam supported by Mayor Govenor and all Politicians who handshake and air kiss each other and the 100 powerful real estate people at social and business functions at least 1 x per month. Hell money could be raised for a Full Service Emergency care Hospital instead of Rudin Corp. taking a $200 Mil write off for a facility that does not even have to succeed...basically it can fail and he gets the building back... additionally if Amanda Burden and Council change the zoning...hell again Rudin Corporation can then build there too...It is a scam and criminal and these people should be thrown in jail.

Dec. 03 2011 03:23 AM
Doris from New York City

Luxury housing versus a hospital? Hmn, can't decide which is more iimportant.

Nov. 29 2011 07:30 AM
Barbara from Manhattan

Mike: Please read what Stringer described as the failure of our State Department of Health/government to have any policies for assessing and providing for real health needs of communities that allow some hospitals to fail, and others not. The closing of St. Vincent's was made to accommodate political powers because our elected officials couldn't conquer the NYC real estate money juggernaut, which extends, most of us believe, to the Governor. NorthShore executives are packed into the DOH and voted on the application for the stand alone ER experiment in an urban area, never done before.There is no denying a hospital is needed on the West Side, not a 2-bed bandaid, where ambulance travel time still dictates life and death for trauma patients and pediatrics as well.

Nov. 28 2011 09:32 PM
Mike from 27th Street

Stringer has it right. Of course, a full service hospital would be the best use for the site, but at a cost of upwards of $1 billion, where does the funding come from?

The construction of the housing facilitates the critical care center, the school and the park. One pays for the others. Its a very simple equation.

People who think it's still FDR in the White House and the WPA will be building things just to put people back to work (I wish!!), had better think again.

This is a good deal for the neighborhood, a good deal for the developer and a good deal for the City. A win-win-win!

Nov. 28 2011 07:10 PM
Barbara from Manhattan

There is no government, only real estate moguls with endless greed.
Greenwich Village Resident for 56 yrs.

Nov. 28 2011 06:51 PM

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