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MAS Applauds City Council’s Approval of St. Vincent’s Redevelopment

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On March 14, the City Council approved the proposal to redevelop the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site on West 12th and 7th Avenue into a mixed-use development with a new 16,667 square foot park. The agreement that was reached includes a number of community benefits, including the commitment by the Bloomberg Administration and the New York City Department of Education to build a new public school at 75 Morton Street.  MAS has been focused on this project since it was announced in 2007.

At that time, MAS advocated for the preservation of the O’Toole Building. More recently, MAS urged city and elected officials to create a more balanced and equitable development proposal for the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site. After a long road, MAS is glad to see a better proposal emerge from the public review process.

The proposal that was submitted for public review in the summer of 2011 included 450 apartments with retail and a new privately owned public space on the Triangle Site. In addition, the proposal included a 152-space accessory parking garage with an entrance on West 12th Street. While it was not a part of this particular development proposal, the developer is committed to redeveloping the O’Toole Building into health care center.

MAS submitted testimony on the St. Vincent’s redevelopment project to the City Planning Commission last November, expressing serious concern about the lack of affordable housing in the residential units and the number of spaces in the accessory parking garage. We also urged the development of the Triangle Site as public park, to include an AIDS Memorial.

With the leadership of Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in the final agreement, the developer, Rudin Management, modified the proposal to address several of both the community and MAS’s concerns:

  • The Triangle Site will be a public park, rather than operating as a privately owned public space;
  • An AIDS Memorial will be incorporated into a 1,600 square foot portion of the Triangle Site;
  • The number of parking spaces in the proposed parking garage was reduced from 152 to 95; and
  • Rudin Management committed to donating $1 million to MFY Legal Services to help local residents retain affordable housing.

MAS is pleased an agreement was reached that takes into account the concerns of the community and civic leaders, ultimately leading to a better designed project. As new development projects begin to take shape, MAS will continue to advocate for intelligent urban design, planning, and preservation to create a more livable New York City.