New York Methodist’s 500K sf expansion snubbed by community board

November 22, 2013 01:40PM

New York Methodist Hospital’s plans for a 500,000-square-foot expansion at its Park Slope location were shot down by Community Board 6’s landmarks and land use committee, which said last night that the expansion would change the makeup of the neighborhood. The vote is advisory.

The hospital at 506 6th Street filed plans in October which call for the center to rise to a height of 152 feet and accommodate up to 1,548 daily visitors. The hospital is allowed to build the facility as-of-right. But without the committee’s approval it will not receive the necessary city variances to tear down 16 hospital-owned properties and build a single structure. Rather, it will have to build two separate narrow structures, the New York Daily News reported.

“This project will destroy the essential character of this neighborhood,” Said 6th Street resident Valerie Zilbersher, according to the News. “It will add a tremendous amount of volume to infrastructure that is already overwhelmed.” [NYDN]  – Hiten Samtani