Mount Sinai clinic replaces Goldman in Pierrepont tower

June 1, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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By Raanan Geberer

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

A Mount Sinai Hospital-owned medical clinic is coming to Brooklyn Heights.

With 60 doctors and more than 100 support staff, the Mount Sinai Brooklyn Heights Medical Group will occupy the 17th and 18th floors of One Pierrepont Plaza a commercial tower whose tenants includes Morgan Stanley and the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Cadman Plaza West between Clinton/Tillary and Pierrepont streets.

Mount Sinai President and COO Wayne Keathley told the Brooklyn Eagle that it will cost $18 million to build the 65,000-square foot facility which expects to open in January. The lease price was not disclosed.

Keathley said the ambulatory care facility will include an urgent care center, although not an emergency room or surgery suites. The space was previously used as a data center for Goldman Sachs.

Many residents of Brownstone Brooklyn and nearby areas use Mount Sinai and other Manhattan hospitals as their facilities of choice, and some Mount Sinai doctors live in Brooklyn, Keathley said. As a result, the clinic — half staffed by primacy care doctors and half by specialists — would not directly compete with nearby hospitals like the University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill and the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Fort Greene, he said. Instead, it would attract patients who don’t need hospitalization.

“This is an example of a group model that is very common in other areas of the country,” Keathley continued. “The day of the single-physician office is dying. Now, if someone wants to get a second opinion or see a specialist, we can just send him down the hall.”

One Pierrepont Plaza, referred to as the Morgan-Stanley building when it opened in 1987, was the first foray by Forest City Ratner into Downtown Brooklyn, several years before MetroTech.

Chris Havens, founder and chief executive of Creative Real Estate Group, said that medical professionals and medical groups are increasingly moving into Downtown space.

For health professionals, Downtown Brooklyn is good business, he said. “It reflects a very high demand, and they’re willing to pay.”

Already, he said, “you see hundreds of MD’s” Downtown. For example, 185 Montague St., which once housed the Municipal Credit Union, now mainly has doctors’ offices.

Robert Hebron, a principal in Ingram and Hebron, said, “The buildings I represent, such as 16 Court St., always ask questions about medical tenants.” Among their concerns, he said, is the amount of traffic they attract and how this might affect other tenants.

In the end, however, they usually accept the medical leases, because tenants for commercial buildings nowadays are hard to find.

LICH spokeswoman Zippi Dvash shrugged off the news. “Medical practices move in, medical practices move out,” she said.

Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Judy Stanton said her board had not yet discussed the matter.

In addition to its offices and clinical rooms, the new Mount Sinai medical group will have a small reception area in the lobby, said Keathley.

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