Neighbors Sue to Stop Methodist Expansion


The lawsuits against developments in Brooklyn are piling up. Preserve Park Slope has filed suit against the city seeking to overturn the variance Methodist received to expand its hospital in Park Slope. The suit contends that a proper environmental impact report was not done and also that the variance disregards a 2003 rezoning of the area, reported The Real Deal.

Plaintiffs claim existing buildings on the block would be “virtually walled in” by the 485,000-square-foot medical facility. “Our community deserves a better analysis of why the hospital needs a building of this magnitude and how they will reduce the impact this expansion will have on our already overcrowded 19th century streets before undertaking such a massive project,” Preserve Park Slope President Bennett Kleinberg told the paper.

The vote by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals was unanimous and followed a year of meetings and plan revisions with the community board and public, said hospital officials, who characterized the lawsuit as the work of a “small, special interest group” and said it could delay construction. What do you think?

Park Slope Group Sues to Halt New York Methodist Expansion [TRD]

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