Landmarks Approves Rudin/St. Vincent’s Plan
On Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted 9-1 to approve a revised version of the Rudin plan to redevelop the eight buildings of St. Vincent’s “East Campus,” including demolishing four buildings for new condo development and adapting/altering four others for residential use. The LPC had already voted 6-4 in favor of a hardship finding to allow St. Vincent’s to demolish the O’Toole building on the west side of 7th Avenue at 13th Street, and had voted 8-3 in favor of the proposed 286 ft. tall new hospital which would replace it, making this the final LPC vote on the project.
The revised Rudin proposal approved by the LPC can be found HERE (prior versions can be found HERE); the latest version included a further reduction in the size of the proposed new 7th Avenue tower and 12th Street building, as well as changes to the facades of the proposed new townhouses on 11th Street. The plan has been revised several times since the original proposal for demolishing all eight buildings. GVSHP raised several issues throughout the process regarding the Rudin designs; some of these issues were addressed in the various revisions, while others, such as opposing the demolition of the Reiss Pavilion, were not.
The Rudin/St. Vincent’s proposal still needs substantial zoning changes which require public hearings and votes by the City Council, the Manhattan Borough President, and the City Planning Commission. The LPC’s hardship finding also continues to face a legal challenge.
See coverage of the LPC approval in The New York Times, Crains NY, and The Villager. For further background and information, CLICK HERE.