New York Methodist Hospital revealed its revised proposal for their expansion project at the Community Board 6 meeting last night, and though it garnered some noteworthy supporters– Council Member Brad Lander among them– it’s left many neighbors skeptical.
According to DNAinfo, the new design moves the highest point of what will be an outpatient service building from 8th Avenue to 6th Street. It also eliminates a 5th Street driveway for patient pickup, moving all pick-up and drop-off to 6th Street. Architect Peter Cavaluzzi said the building is designed with residential Park Slope in mind, insisting that the building wouldn’t “overwhelm” 8th Avenue.
Brooklyn Paper reports that the “massive structure is designed to be built as if it were a series of separate-but-touching buildings with terra-cotta-colored, townhouse-like facades ranging from four to six stories and topped with additional glass levels rising as high as 130 feet.” (See the mockup here.) The hospital still plans to raze buildings that it owns on Fifth Street, Eighth Avenue, and Sixth Street.
Many neighbors at the meeting were less than impressed with the new plan, pointing specifically to traffic concerns as well as the fact that the presentation didn’t take into account the project’s effect on the neighborhood beyond those three streets. This morning, however, Council Member Brad Lander released a statement in support of the plan:
Strong healthcare services are part of what makes our neighborhood such a great place to live. We are lucky to have a hospital in our community that is doing well when others in Brooklyn are struggling. Methodist has shown it needs to grow in order to continue providing quality patient care in our community.
I am pleased that Methodist Hospital invited feedback from the public on its proposed expansion, meaningfully incorporated that feedback into their plans, and will continue the conversation as they move forward. Methodist has been a good neighbor as it plans for this new facility. I trust and support their vision for an expanded Methodist.
I understand that not everyone will be satisfied by the revisions that have been made to the plan. I am committed to working with neighbors and with Methodist on a plan that responds to their concerns and mitigates construction-related impacts going forward.
There will be another public meeting about New York Methodist’s expansion hosted by the Park Slope Civic Council on Monday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Elohim (274 Garfield Place).