St. Vincent’s Rezoning Application Moves Forward
The Rudin Company and North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital have begun the process of filing their rezoning application for redevelopment of the former St. Vincent’s campus. Rudin and North Shore LIJ need substantial zoning changes from the City Planning Commission and the City Council in order to move ahead with their plans for residential redevelopment of the former St. Vincent’s East Campus (the area east of 7th Avenue), turning the O’Toole Building into an emergency care facility, and redesigning the triangle (bounded by 7th and Greenwich Avenues and West 12th Street) into public open space.
The application is at a very preliminary stage — the scope of work for the environmental analysis, which precedes the actual hearing and approval process for the zoning changes, must still be determined. Community Board #2 will hold a public hearing on the draft scope of the analysis on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm at the Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street (Washington/Greenwich Streets), and the Department of City Planning (which will determine the actual scope of the study) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 28th at 2pm at City Planning’s Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street. You can read more about the hearings, the draft scope of the environmental study, and the details of the rezoning and development proposal HERE.
The Rudin Company’s plans for the residential redevelopment of the East Campus are unchanged from the plans which were approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2009. However, the plans for modest physical changes to the exterior of the O’Toole Building will require public hearings and approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which have not yet been scheduled. After the scope of the environmental review has been determined and takes place, the rezoning application will be heard and voted upon by the Community Board and the Borough President (whose votes are advisory only), and then heard and voted upon by the City Planning Commission and City Council, whose approval is necessary for the plan to move ahead. That process is not expected to begin for several months.
GVSHP will provide more information as it becomes available.