Judge OKs Deal With Peebles for Apartments But No Hospital on Cobble Hill Site


A Brooklyn judge has approved a plan to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to Peebles. If it goes through, Peebles will create a mixed-use development on the site, including an emergency department and ambulatory care, but no full-service hospital, said The Brooklyn Eagle.

Hundreds of hospital employees will lose their jobs, and litigation on various aspects of the process is still pending.

LICH’s many supporters said they were disappointed in the outcome. The only shred of hope remaining for a full-service hospital at the location is that Peebles is required to hire a third party to conduct a needs assessment for a full-service hospital in the area. If the report says one is needed, Peebles would be required to create one. LICH supporters say the assessment should have been done initially and before closing the hospital.

On the other hand, unlike the first bid winner, Brooklyn Health Partners, Peebles is apparently competent and not planning any 50-story apartment buildings. What do you think of the outcome?

Brooklyn Judge Approves Plan to Sell LICH to Developer Peebles [Brooklyn Eagle]

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  • Shame on our mayor! This was his signature item that got him elected and he couldn’t get it done!
    For now he is all talk… Bad times for NYC!

  • The Mayor is alienating his voters. First he bags LICH, then he perpetuates Bloomberg’s policy of building towers in public parks, giving the finger to environmentalists and those who care about green space.


  • The Mayor is alienating his voters. First he bags LICH, then he perpetuates Bloomberg’s policy of building towers in public parks, giving the finger to environmentalists and those who care about green space.


    • De Blasio never purported to be an environmentalist. To the contrary, he very vocally opposed the Gowanus Canal’s designation as a superfund site and still does. He will rationalize supporting almost any ill conceived development as long as it includes affordable housing.
      It’s too bad the media didn’t do an adequate job of vetting de Blasio and chose to focus on the foibles of other candidates and de Blasio’s kid’s hair.

      • The media didn’t vet? There is no real media like the NYT and they made a strong case for Quin and clearly implicate dthat Deblasio despite his rhetoric of the financial inequality and the tale of two cities-has no viable plans!
        C/P And yet, Mr. de Blasio’s most ambitious plans — like a powerful new state-city partnership to make forever-failing city hospitals financially viable, or to pay for universal prekindergarten and after-school programs through a new tax on the richest New Yorkers — need support in the State Capitol, and look like legislative long shots. Once a Mayor de Blasio saw his boldest ideas smashed on the rocks of Albany, then what?

        • Actually, by setting out the goal for universal pre-k, he moved the ball most of the way there. It’s less of an issue that Cuomo rallied against the income tax hike — DeBlasio forced the issue at Albany and got the end result. Politically, it was genius to focus on something that requires the state to become involved; if it had failed, it would be the fault of Cuomo/Silver/Senate republicans (take your pick).

          His biggest stumble so far was taking on Eva Moskowitz at the wrong time — that blew up in his face.

    • Deblasio is a hack – always has been always will be. Anyone with a brain would have seen that a mile a way.

      That being said, building or not building apartments on the edges of Brooklyn Bridge Park has nothing to do with environmentalism. The park is a man made creation over some piers and not some national/state park.

  • Lol. So no one has done any sort of “needs assessment for a full-service hospital in the area” this entire time? A little late in the game for this, no? – FAIL for everyone involved. So much incompetence!

  • While i feel badly for the good people at LICH who now find themselves unemployed, the outcome here was blatantly inevitable.

  • This was a total cluster%$#@ from the start and there is more than enough blame for everyone involved. I dont know how far back to go, but we can start for the sake of argument with Continuum’s purchase of LICH several years ago. That began a period of disinvestment and gutting of services and support. My children used to go to an excellent pediatrician at LICH, but he left as it became clear what was going on. After that, SUNY purchased the property with no clear plans to succeed. At this point, I really believe SUNY made this purchase as a pure real estate play and had no intentions of creating a viable hospital or other health care facility.

    The Mayor and his empty rhetoric, the Governor (who controls SUNY) and his see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil approach, the unions and their unrealistic expectations, the Cobble HIll association and others who litigated this to death, and the judges who got involved all share in the blame.

    As another poster pointed out, how are we at this point without a study to determine what kind of healthcare facility is needed and can survive at this location? What we get is a connected developer who will build an ER, several high rise luxury towers (with some affordable housing thrown in as a sop to the Mayor, but more importantly, a bonus to the developer so that he can build higher and bigger.

    Not the city or the state’s shining moment.

    • I have to agree with you, this problem goes way back. The reason we do not have a hospital now is that it was so mismanaged years ago that all the doctors left for other hospitals, and their patients with with them. The affluent residents of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill would never step foot in a Brooklyn hospital anyway; they all go to the big Manhattan hospitals. The fact is, there is no need for a full service hospital in that location any more. An ER and and ambulatory care clinic is fine, and I think that fulfills DeBlasio’s commitment pretty well. Healthcare in NY is changing, and this is just part of that change. This is not a tragedy, except for the workers who will be out of a job; that is never good. I know Bill, and he’s a good guy. During his campaign he stretched the issue, and now has to deal with reality and compromise – this is politics, and he is a very adept politician. No good leader is 100% of anything all the time.

  • Greatest city in the world. Can’t figure out how to keep a very necessary hospital open. This is a mess and, quite frankly, just plain embarrassing. If I were a politician, I wouldn’t want my name anywhere near this.

    I mean the very fact that there hasn’t been an assessment on the need for a full-service hospital before this whole mess is just unfathomably idiotic. If there truly is a need for a full-service hospital (which I suspect there might be), then these months of going through plans that encompass a variety of options have been useless.

  • Clearly a win for the state, and a loss for the city. Direct blow to priorities set by the mayor.