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Date/Time set for St. Vincent’s LPC hearing

GVSHP has just been informed that the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) hearing on the St. Vincent's/Rudin development proposal has been set for Tuesday, April 1 starting at 9:30 am at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, in Theater One. This proposal — the largest ever presented to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in its 43-year history — has enormous implications for Greenwich Village and for the nature of landmarks protections throughout New York City. I thus urge you, if at all possible, to reserve the morning of April 1 to come to the LPC to testify on this extremely important application.

The hearing will be on St. Vincent’s and Rudin Management’s proposal to demolish nine buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District and to replace them with a new 330 ft. tall hospital, a 265 ft. tall apartment building, a 12-story apartment building, and two rows 5-story residences (testimony will be heard about both the proposed demolitions and the new developments). The hearing is expected to take hours, so please leave as much time as you can to attend and speak (you will also have the option of dropping off written testimony or sending in testimony if you cannot do this).

Please note that the LPC has made a special hearing just on this application, rather than having it heard as part of a full day's schedule of hearings on a range of items, which is their usual procedure. Normally the exact time discussion of any item begins might not be known in advance, but this will not be the case with this hearing. The hearing will also be moved from the LPC’s usual hearing room to accommodate the larger than usual expected crowds (their hearing room only holds about 50). These are very important changes from their normal practices which GVSHP had asked the Commission to consider for this critically important hearing, which we believe will make it much easier for the public to participate in the hearing and have their input heard and considered. We are very grateful to the Commission for considering our input and structuring the hearing in this way.

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