Come to the First St. Vincent’s LPC Hearing!
Please come to the CRITICALLY IMPORTANT Landmarks Preservation Commission Public Hearing on the St. Vincent’s/Rudin Development Plan
Tuesday, April 1 at 9:30 am
at Borough of Manhattan Community College
Theater One, 199 Chambers Street (at West Street)
Bring Photo ID to enter; arrive as early as 9:00 a.m. to sign up to speak
Take the 1, 2, 3 or A, C to Chambers Street, or the R, W to City Hall
The most important hearing YET on the plan by St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Rudin Company to demolish nine buildings and construct 1.3 million sq. ft. of luxury condos and new hospital facilities will be held by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday, April 1 at 9:30 am at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street. The proposed demolitions and new development cannot move ahead without the approval of the LPC, which is charged with protecting the character of New York City’s historic districts, including the Greenwich Village Historic District within which these sites are located.
WE NEED YOU TO COME TO AND TESTIFY AT THIS HEARING. This case is entirely precedent-setting – no one has ever proposed demolishing nine buildings in a New York City historic district, and no one has ever proposed a development of this scale in any historic district.
The hearing is likely to take several hours, so please plan now if at all possible to stay there long enough to testify. If you cannot stay that long, you can also submit written testimony at the hearing. If you do testify, you will be asked to submit 10 copies of your written statement, so please bring copies of your testimony regardless. Testimony should be limited to 3 minutes.
Whether or not you come to the hearing, we also ask that you write to the Landmarks Preservation Commission IMMEDIATELY to express your concerns about the current proposal. Go to www.gvshp.org/StVincentsLetter.htm for an electronic version. You can also use the sample letter as the basis for your testimony at the LPC hearing on April 1st.
Please note that the LPC hearing on April 1st ONLY deals with the issue of the ‘appropriateness’ of the proposed demolitions and new development in relation to the character of the Greenwich Village Historic District; it does NOT deal with other very important issues like the impact the proposal would have on traffic, noise, environmental concerns, school overcrowding, affordable housing, or the finances or functioning of the hospital. All of those issues are supposed to be dealt with through other processes, but are not under the jurisdiction of the LPC to consider at this hearing, and thus testimony and letters at this time to the LPC should focus exclusively on the “appropriateness” issue.