LPC Approves St. Vincent’s Residential Redevelopment
July 7th, 2009, 4:01 pm
The Landmarks Preservation Commission today voted to approve the plans proposed by the Rudin Management Company to redevelop the current site of St. Vincent’s hospital into a residential complex. The approved project involves adapting four of the existing buildings – Nurses (pictured), Smith, Raskob, and Spellman – into residential buildings. In addition, the project involves constructing a series of new infill buildings to replace those hospital buildings that the LPC determined were appropriate to demolish (Reiss, Coleman, Link, and Cronin). See Map of the Hospital Buildings. The sale of the existing hospital complex on the east side of 7th Avenue to the Rudins will help finance St. Vincent’s construction of a new hospital building on the west side of 7th Avenue, site of the 1960s O’Toole building. The LPC had previously determined that the O’Toole building, a significant piece of Modern architecture, can be demolished under the hardship provision of the Landmarks Law. The entire project still needs to go through the City’s land use review procedure for zoning changes and obtain approval from the New York State Department of Health.