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Fortis files plans for two new resi buildings at LICH

It's still unclear what else the developer plans for the site
By Kathryn Brenzel | December 07, 2016 12:20PM

From left: Long Island College Hospital, Terrence Storey, Joel Kestenbaum and Jonathan Landau (credit: Larry Ford)

From left: Long Island College Hospital, Terrence Storey, Joel Kestenbaum and Jonathan Landau (credit: Larry Ford)

Fortis Property Group filed plans for two residential buildings at the Long Island College Hospital site in Cobble Hill, a move that reveals what is likely a small piece of what the developer envisions for the 20-building site.

The developer plans to build a 17-story apartment building at 350 Hicks Street that will include 46 units across 58,612 square feet and a 58,874-square-foot community facility, according to documents filed with the city’s Department of Buildings on Wednesday. Fortis plans to demolish a two-story parking garage on the site, which is attached to the former hospital’s Fuller Pavilion.

Fortis also filed plans Wednesday for a 15-story, 30-unit residential building at 347 Henry Street, near the Polhemus Building, which the company is redeveloping as a condominium. The developer is currently building a 17-unit condominium at Polhemus, located at 100 Amity Street, also known as 350 Henry Street. The state Attorney General’s office approved the condo plan for that project — which has a $67.4 million projected sellout — last month.

A spokesperson for Fortis TRData LogoTINY declined to comment.

The plans filed on Wednesday are very likely a fraction of what is to come at the site. Last month, Fortis revealed that the company would move forward with an as-of right redevelopment plan, rather than an option that would have included affordable housing units. The latter option would have required a rezoning, which didn’t have the support of local Council member Brad Lander. The news delivered a harsh blow to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who told Politico that the decision was a “missed an opportunity to get it right.”

Fortis previously revealed plans for an as-of-right development at LICH that would include 528,935 square feet of market-rate apartments. The affordable option included 900,000 square feet of luxury housing and 225,000 square feet of affordable housing.

The company, which was profiled by TRD in November, purchased the full site in 2015 for $240 million.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified when the condo plan for 350 Henry Street was approved. It was in November.