LPC Approves Design of New St. Vincent’s Hospital
March 10th, 2009, 12:16 pm
St. Vincent’s can now check another item off the long list of approvals it needs to construct a new hospital. Today, the LPC, in another split vote, approved the design of the new hospital building and the design of the triangular accessory site across 12th Street. The new hospital building will replace the 1960s O’Toole building, which the LPC determined last year could be demolished because of hardship. The design features an elliptical tower sitting on top of a rectangular base; overall the height of the building will be 286 feet, reduced from previous reiterations (shown here) of 330 feet and 299 feet. Eight of the eleven LPC Commissioners felt that this new height and the design are appropriate to the Greenwich Village Historic District. Although a group of Greenwich Village neighbors filed a lawsuit recently to block the demolition of the O’Toole building, St. Vincent’s intends to more forward in seeking its zoning and other required approvals. The Municipal Art Society will continue to follow this project.