St. Vincent's Redevelopment Plan Rejected

St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers will have to revamp its plan to tear down nine buildings in the heart of Greenwich Village; replace them with housing and use the proceeds to modernize its facilities.

A majority of the Landmarks Preservation Commission say they can't support the plan because it doesn't preserve historic structures and is out of character with the neighborhood.

Delia Guazzo, a Village resident, opposes the plan.

GUAZZO: I'm thrilled, I'm really thrilled. It appeared to me from listening to the commission that they really got it.

REPORTER: A spokesman for St Vincent's says the hospital would reapply to the commission under a hardship provision.

Even in cases where the commission does not think a change is appropriate, it sometimes grants exceptions to nonprofits that can prove they have no other option but to demolish a structure.