LPC Hearing on Revised Plans
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will be holding another hearing on the St. Vincent’s and Rudin landmarks application and hardship case on Tuesday, July 15 starting at 9:30 am at the NYU Law School Tishman Auditorium at 40 Washington Square South, between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets. This will likely be the public's last opportunity to testify on either the Rudin redevelopment plan for the East Campus or on this stage of the St. Vincent's Hospital hardship application to demolish the O’Toole Building.
Both of these applications are tremendously complicated, and have enormous potential ramifications for our neighborhood, for landmarks regulations, and for the future of the hospital. To help the public understand the scope of the East Campus proposal, GVSHP has created side-by-side comparisons of the current conditions on the site, the prior landmarks proposal, and the current proposal — see here.
The hardship exemption to demolish the O’Toole Building, on the other hand, is supposed to be judged based upon whether or not St. Vincent’s has met the test for a hardship as defined by law and case law. Exemptions from landmarks requirements are granted if an applicant (in this case, the hospital) can prove that such a hardship exists. See St. Vincent’s hardship filing here. IF the Landmarks Preservation Commission finds that St. Vincent’s has proven their hardship case, then they will consider their application to construct a new hospital on the O’Toole building site and can consider alternatives. For images of the new and prior hospital plan, see here.
To view GVSHP’s testimony in response to the revised Rudin East Campus application, go here. GVSHP has been meeting with legal and preservation experts, and will be formulating its response to the St. Vincent’s Hardship application for the July 15th meeting.