Revised Plans for Hospital/Condo Development
GVSHP has attained copies of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s and the Rudin Family’s revised plans for their hospital/condo development which will be presented tonight to Community Board #2 (compare to the original plan here). On the east side of 7th Avenue, the new plan will include retention of the Smith, Raskob, Nurse’s Residence, and Spellman buildings—four buildings which GVSHP and many others fought hard to save and which the Landmarks Preservation Commission said must be preserved. The new development on the east side of 7th Avenue, on the sites of the Coleman, Link, Cronin, and Reiss buildings, which the Landmarks Preservation Commission said could be demolished, will also be somewhat lower than the previously proposed buildings. St. Vincent’s is also proposing to reduce slightly the size of the proposed hospital building, but is seeking a hardship exemption to allow it to demolish the existing O’Toole building, which the LPC has determined is architecturally significant and therefore cannot be demolished.
The new proposal will be presented tonight at Community Board #2’s Omnibus Committee at 6:30 at the NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, rm. 714. The public will not have an opportunity to speak, but to listen to the presentation and to submit written questions. The applications are still scheduled to be heard by the Landmarks preservation Commission on June 3rd; we should have more information after tonight. GVSHP has asked the LPC to slow down the process so that the public has sufficient opportunity to examine and weigh in on this very important application.