Long Island College Hospital to close, opening up massive development site

February 08, 2013 04:00PM

The SUNY board of trustees voted unanimously today to close the Cobble Hill-based Long Island College Hospital, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. The sale of the 200,000-square-foot building, which could be converted into a residential development, may bring up to $500 million, by some accounts.

Dr. John Williams, the president of Downstate Medical Center, which owns the hospital, said this morning that no one is to blame for the hospital’s closure. “This is unfortunately just one of the things we just have to do,” he told the board.

The campus contains five main buildings and space for parking. The area is zoned residential and a developer can convert the site as of right, according to City Council member Brad Lander.

“It’s a lot of real estate and a lot of residential units” for Cobble Hill, Lander told Crain’s in a previous report, though he said he does not support the plan to sell the hospital complex. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle] —Zachary Kussin