Closing Bell: Public Meeting Tonight on Methodist Hospital’s Expansion

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New community group Preserve Park Slope is holding a meeting tonight to discuss the proposed expansion of New York Methodist Hospital, pictured in a rendering above, FIPS reported. The group aims to maintain the character of the neighborhood and worries the expansion, which would demolish at least 15 existing buildings, will bring not only a multi-year construction project but also additional traffic and ambulances. As they put it in an email to FIPS: “The massive amounts of construction, influx of additional hospital employees, traffic and ambulances will hugely impact our neighborhood. A group of concerned residents has formed Preserve Park Slope to galvanize our community and influence Methodist’s plans to preserve the essential character of Park Slope.” Concerned citizens can attend the public meeting tonight at 7 pm at St. Savior’s High School, 588 6th Street.

Methodist Hospital Is Planning to Expand [FIPS]
Methodist Hospital Submits Plans to DOB [Brownstoner]
Closing Bell: Park Slope Doesn’t Like Methodist’s Building Plans [Brownstoner]
Methodist Hospital to Demo, Build in Park Slope [Brownstoner] 
Rendering via Preserve Park Slope

2 Comment

  • I am appalled that Methodist would propose an orange building with no windows. it really looks like an eyesore…..unless this is just a NIMBY attempt to make the proposal look ugly and out of place…na…..no NIMBYs in Park Slope. Maybe this group can team up with the Save LICH group and they can determine if communities need hospitals or not cause I for one am confused as to what is destroying Brooklyn now

  • If you look at the renderings Methodist sent to the DOB, they don’t look much better. And if you look at the Methodist buildings that already exist, they *really* don’t look much better.
    And re- LICH, that’s exactly the point: no one is against having a hospital in the neighborhood. The question is, can one neighborhood, relatively low-rise and already notorious for its traffic problems, absorb a 50% increase in patients and employees without a major hit to the livability of said neighborhood? And is it fair to anyone, in any of these communities, to close down hospitals that serve Cobble Hill and Bed Stuy, and instead relocate and concentrate all those services in one neighborhood? The issues are connected, and it is all about hospitals serving the community, not bulldozing over community interests.