The son of the man who used to be the caretaker for the storied Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, who claims to be the rightful heir to the property but lost a court case contesting its ownership, has prevented the new owner, an LLC, from taking soil samples and plans to tear down any fence erected to keep him out, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle.
Meanwhile, the LLC has amassed two other sites adjacent to the Slave Theater, said another story in the Eagle. The developer has not said publicly what it plans to do with the sites, but a mixed-use apartment development seems likely. Most important, plans to restore and continue the Afrocentric theater’s mission in a new form are, surprisingly, not dead. (more…)
The problem-plagued building designed by architect Robert Scarano at 165 West 9th Street in Carroll Gardens is still empty and its future uncertain. The last we reported on the matter, back in October, it seemed the city was on the verge of awarding a contract to shelter operator Aguila Inc. to turn the 10-unit apartment building into housing for 170 homeless men. The plan had been vehemently opposed by the community and local politicians who, after numerous meetings, rallies and a lawsuit, signed a petition, sent in written statements, and testified in person against the shelter at a routine city contract hearing October 17.
Then we heard nothing more. We happened to pass by the building recently and saw a vacate order tacked to the door, dated November 7. (more…)
The City’s Board of Standards and Appeals Tuesday granted Methodist the zoning variance it needs to go ahead with its planned expansion. Park Slope activists who oppose the plan vowed to continue the fight, The New York Daily News and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.
More than a dozen 19th-century buildings will be demolished to make way for the new facility, which would rise eight stories and house a surgery center, cancer center and after-hours urgent care. There will also be underground parking for 300 to 1,000 cars. Residents have opposed the expansion on the grounds it will increase traffic on the already congested block and change the neighborhood character.
Sunday, SUNY made official the latest twist in the LICH saga: It announced an “agreement in principle” with Fortis to buy the LICH property in Cobble Hill and develop it into luxury condos. There will be more affordable housing and more medical services than Fortis originally envisioned before protests and court cases forced SUNY to undertake a public RFP process, but no hospital.
Meanwhile, according to the Brooklyn Eagle, the two closest emergency rooms, Methodist and Brooklyn Medical Center, have been so overwhelmed they are turning away ambulances.
Incredibly — or perhaps inevitably, depending on your point of view? — SUNY has killed the judge-approved deal with Peebles and turned to the third bidder, Fortis — the one SUNY wanted to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to all along. SUNY says Peebles was imposing unacceptable conditions concerning a bond and an environmental review; Peebles says SUNY is acting in bad faith and wouldn’t even meet with them, according to a story in The Brooklyn Eagle and other outlets.
A founder of Fortis and his uncle donated $17,500 to Cuomo’s campaign, according to The Brooklyn Paper. Cuomo controls SUNY.
Fortis would work with NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Health Care to run a freestanding emergency room and ambulatory services — just like the Peebles bid. It would also develop rental apartments, condos and town homes on the property, including 25 percent affordable units. No new zoning is “anticipated,” Fortis said.
It seems to us the second, public RFP process didn’t amount to much. What do you think of this turn of events?
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?
In what the Brooklyn Eagle called “jaw dropping” news, the judge on the case asked the three remaining top bidders to come up with a deal that will allow a smooth handover of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital on May 23. If the three jointly purchase LICH together, it could bring the pile of court cases over the sale to an end.
Peebles Corp., Fortis and Prime Healthcare Foundation have complimentary strengths, said the judge. Of the three, only Prime promised to keep operating LICH as a full-service hospital. It would need to apply for a New York state license, which the others have.
SUNY has once again resumed shutting down operations, and stopped accepting ambulances Thursday. It will cease running the hospital on May 22.
“Three entities get together before five today and come up with something that provides for continuation of health care so the place will not close,” said State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes. “That’s where this should be going. One entity is strong in one point, and one is strong in another. There are three major healthcare players who have proven their skills to do the job. That’s the logical conclusion.”
In yet another mind-boggling reversal in the epic drama over the fate of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital, a judge has ordered the state to accept the deposit from and resume negotiations with the winning bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners.
The firm’s head said it will deliver the required $250 million by Tuesday and form a team with hospital workers and unions to keep services going at the hospital under a temporary license after SUNY ceases operations May 22, The Brooklyn Paper reported.
After more wrangling last week, the state has in fact rejected the winning bidder for the Long Island College Hospital development in Cobble Hill and has turned to the runner-up, The Peebles Corporation.
The State University of New York released a statement Monday that said they were “unable to reach an agreement” by the deadline, as The Wall Street Journal put it. But Brooklyn Health Partners said it was ready to go through with the deal and had the financing in place. It filed a lawsuit Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court saying the state was “negotiating in bad faith,” said the story.
Brooklyn Health Partners said SUNY killed the deal to prevent a full-service hospital at LICH. “BHP’s lawyers are skeptical that SUNY wants a full-service hospital on the LICH campus and do not believe it will negotiate in good faith unless directed to do so by the court,” The Brooklyn Paper quoted Brooklyn Health Partners’ spokeswoman Donnette Dunbar as saying.
There were too many unanswered questions about Brooklyn Health Partners’ plan, said an unnamed state official quoted in the Journal.
The deal to save Long Island College Hospital has collapsed, according to sources quoted in The New York Daily News. The original winning bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners, appears unable to deliver on its promises, and the state plans to turn to the runner-up, The Peebles Corporation.
What this means is there will be residential development but no full-service hospital at the site.
The firm chosen to develop the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill is planning to build two 50-story residential towers to offset the cost of keeping a full-service hospital there, according to a report in Crain’s. The height would certainly be taller than anything seen before in the neighborhood, where LICH buildings currently rise to about 12 stories.
The report was based on documents and emails from a financial advisor to the project, said Crain’s. Brooklyn Health Partners downplayed but did not deny the report, saying that it is not yet “focused” on the residential part of the development. ”BHP’s sole focus is closing with the State University of New York so it can begin to provide medical services to the citizens of Brooklyn, as promised,” said a spokeswoman. “When the time is appropriate, we will sit with the various community stakeholders and discuss how we will build a 21st-century collaborative product that all of New York can be proud of.”
The firm envisions a 40- to 50-story condo tower on the site of a large parking garage on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street, pictured above, according to the story. The building would be 20 percent affordable. There would also be a rental tower, 40 percent of which would be affordable. “We are spoon-feeding our deal to de Blasio,” said one of the partners in an email about the proposal. The proposal seen by the public during the bid process did not specify the height of the residential buildings, but said merely that there would be 1,000 units built on open space and the garage site.
To secure the deal, Brooklyn Health Partners must deliver a nonrefundable deposit of $25,000,000 by May 4, “or the state will negotiate with the Peebles group,” said Crain’s.
Hundreds of Cobble Hill residents, hospital employees and union reps packed the St. Francis College auditorium Tuesday night to hear a presentation of redevelopment proposals for Long Island College Hospital. Although there are community members on the selection committee, owner SUNY has control and could select one of the plans as soon as April 3, said Brooklyn Paper.
The audience and spokespersons reacted negatively to the five proposals that did not include a full-service hospital. Of the four that do, Prime Healthcare Services got the thumbs up from some attendees, who liked the California corporation’s plan to open a 100-bed hospital without delay.
The paper noted that two of the nine proposals include donors to Governor Cuomo, who oversees SUNY, whose executives “have final say in choosing a buyer for the hospital.” If no operator is found, the hospital will close in May.