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Cobble Hill Keeps (Part of) a Hospital

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

After months of secrecy, the State University of New York unveiled how five developers hope to transform Long Island College Hospital in the coming years. The developers each bid to purchase the troubled hospital, commonly known as LICH, offering competing plans for the Cobble Hill property that became an election year lightning rod for Mayor Bill de Blasio.  

Community members have long rallied against transforming the LICH campus into a residential development, but all of the proposals under consideration combine residential units along with some kind of healthcare provider, often a floating emergency room or ambulatory care center. Most bidders propose that 25-30% of that housing should be affordable. None of the bidders laid out a plan that would allow the site to accept advanced life support ambulances, long a sticking point for some community activists. The full proposals are available on SUNY’s website.

The SUNY board will discuss the proposals when they meet on Friday. Next week, SUNY faces contempt of court charges before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes, for allegedly reducing medical services at LICH against his orders.

In this interview, Capital New York Healthcare Reporter Dan Goldberg talks about what the plans reveal about the future of this hotly-debated property.

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Comments [2]

Nora from Brooklyn Heights

"What the community needs" is a hospital.
This is a real neighborhood only as long as it has services to support the people who live here.
Housing is nice, but when we pack in all the people who can live here, where will they go for medical care?
The next nearest hospitals are quite a ways away.

Feb. 11 2014 10:07 PM
Resident from Caroll Gardens

LICH is NOT "failing" as you so erroneously report. SUNY is failing to be responsible. LICH is being prevented from being utilized, has had its soucres of income cut off, its doctors banned, and patients barred. LICH is being sabotaged & victimized & is not failing - its is being failed by its operators.

Feb. 06 2014 01:50 PM

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