St. Vincent’s to File a Hardship Appeal
Following the forceful rejection last week by the LPC of St. Vincent’s and Rudin’s large-scale demolition and new development plans in the Greenwich Village Historic District, St. Vincent’s announced their intention to file a hardship appeal to demolish the O’Toole building and construct their proposed 329 ft. tall hospital building on the site. There has not been a landmarks hardship case in almost 20 years, and less than twenty in the 43-year history of the landmarks law (only seven have been for non-profits like St. Vincent’s, which are judged by a different standard than for-profit cases). GVSHP is working with citywide preservation groups like the Municipal Art Society and Historic Districts Council with experience in this area to research and review case law regarding these hardship applications.
If you are interested in reading more about the St. Vincent’s decision and potential hardship case, see The New York Times, The New York Sun, NY 1 News, The Real Deal, The NY Observer, Business Week, Gothamist, and CityRealty.