Officials want Bellevue Hospital to become senior care center

June 11, 2009 05:22PM

A group of 12 officials wrote to Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week to
urge the city Economic Development Corp. to use the former Bellevue
Psychiatric Hospital to provide nursing and care for seniors, rather
than turn it into a hotel. The officials, including Manhattan Borough
President Scott Stringer and Comptroller William Thompson, are asking
for a meeting with the mayor’s office to express concerns about the
Bellevue development, and to address the shortage of nursing home and
assisted-living housing in the area. “The community’s needs would both
be better served by redeveloping the Bellevue building for medical,
scientific or institutional use, as the zoning requires,” said
Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “The East Side has a wealth of hospitals, but a
serious shortage of nursing home and sub-acute rehab facilities.” In response, David Lombino, a spokesperson for the Economic Development Corp, said, “Redevelopment of the former Psychiatric Building is necessary to generate revenue for Bellevue Hospital so it can continue providing high-quality medical care for the city residents. In addition, our plan is designed to preserve the deteriorating building without costing taxpayers. We will be discussing our plan with local elected officials in the coming weeks.” TRD