Closing Bell: Park Slope Doesn’t Like Methodist’s Building Plans

Last night the Brooklyn Paper attended the public meeting where Methodist Hospital presented its plans to demolish 16 Slope buildings (including five brownstones) and replace them with an outpatient facility. An overhead view of the u-shaped building proposed is rendered at right. Not surprisingly, Park Slope residents aren’t thrilled with the plans. According to Brooklyn Paper, “Neighbors said that the giant structure will dramatically change the makeup of the area by bringing traffic, idling cars and trucks, and construction noise, with some suggesting that the hospital scrap its plans.” Reps from Methodist promised the building would blend in well with the surrounding neighborhood. They expect to present a final design by September, and are accepting comments and questions via email at Construction’s expected to begin late 2014 or early 2015 with the work lasting three years. The complex, which will hold a surgery center, a green roof, and parking, is designed as if it were made of separate buildings, and it will range in different heights. They hospital will likely seek a variance from the city to build a broad facility, rather than a taller, thinner one. Under current zoning, they can build up to 300,000 square feet at the site. Some residents suggested that the hospital build while maintaining the exterior of current buildings (building consultants deemed it unpractical), others pushed for the hospital to build as-of-right, where the bulk of the building would go on 6th Street. We’ll see what Methodist decides come fall…
It Don’t Fit: Residents blast Methodist building plan [Brooklyn Paper]
Photo by Elizabeth Graham via BK Paper

4 Comment

  • If all the ancient NIMBY’s would just die off already then the hospital wouldn’t need to expand and raze these great buildings!

    Sounds like a classic Catch 22.

  • I support the idea of building-out 6th Street between 7th/8th Aves – what’s the purpose of the hospital sprawling-out across the neighborhood [other than taking-advantage of a gerrymandered hole in the local zoning]?
    Let Methodist build to a height that matches the main hospital building [perhaps replacing the existing 1960s structure currently on 6th] but keep it within the footprint of that one block. That would concentrate the traffic and activity to a single block – and presumably would be a more efficient use of the real estate.

    • Agree with you, ParkedSlope, on that point, but is there really any way to keep the traffic from impacting the wider neighborhood? The estimate at the meeting was an additional 200,000 outpatient visits/per year to the new facility, a 50% increase over the current number. As anyone who lives near the hospital knows, hardly anyone uses their paid parking lots. I really don’t mind having Methodist in the neighborhood, but the traffic already has a significant impact on the nearby blocks. Neither the existing traffic nor the expected increase was mentioned at the meeting until residents brought it up – it doesn’t seem to be a main concern of Methodist’s at this point.