Done deal? SUNY signs contract to sell Cobble Hill hospital

Opponents call on officials to halt Long Island College Hospital sale to Fortis Property Group

From left: Long Island College Hospital and Brad Lander
From left: Long Island College Hospital and Brad Lander

The State University of New York announced it signed a contract to sell Long Island College Hospital to developer Fortis Property Group. The parties reached an agreement in principle regarding the 20-building medical campus last month.

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The $240 million deal is still subject to the approval of the state comptroller, the Attorney General and the New York State Supreme Court, the Brooklyn Eagle reported. Fortis plans to build co-ops on the site and partner with NYU Langone Medical Center to provide outpatient services and operate a 20-bed emergency facility. Upset that Fortis’s plan will not include a full-service hospital, a coalition of community groups and an organization called Concerned Physicians of LICH have called on the Department of Justice, the King’s County and New York State district attorneys and the state’s Inspector General to investigate SUNY’s actions.

The NAACP has also implored Governor Andrew Cuomo to block the sale. City Council member Brad Lander is also voicing concern that residences at the former campus could be “dramatically out of scale” with the surrounding Cobble Hill neighborhood.  Lander told the Brooklyn Eagle the site is zoned R6, which allows for tall tower residences. [Brooklyn Eagle]Tom DiChristopher

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