Landmarks Commission meets on St. Vincent’s plan

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission expects such a large turnout for its meeting on the controversial St. Vincent’s Hospital expansion plan that it has moved from its 50-seat room in the Municipal Building to a 913-seat hall at Manhattan Community College. Opponents of the plan to demolish nine buildings and build two big towers say it will set a dangerous precedent in a historic district. The hospital would sell its properties to Rudin Management for $301 million and use that money to reduce debt and partly pay for the new hospital. Rudin would build an $800 million complex that includes a 21-story luxury condo tower on Seventh Avenue, new townhouses on West 11th and 12th Streets, and a midblock apartment building.

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