Brooklyn judge finalizes sale of Long Island College Hospital
Follows years of litigation, protests
On Thursday, a Brooklyn judge signed an order finalizing the State University of New York’s (SUNY) sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to developer Fortis Property Group.
The approval, after years of litigation and community opposition, clears the way for the development of the former hospital site in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The site includes roughly 20 properties bounded by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Atlantic Avenue, Clinton Street and Congress Street.
State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes signed the order conveying roughly 20 buildings to Fortis for the price of $240 million.
At a meeting of the Cobble Hill Association (CHA), Fortis put forward two proposed designs for luxury housing on the property, both featuring a building of at least 40 stories. Residents say these proposals are out of scale in the low-rise neighborhood. (CHA is hosting the next public meeting on this topic on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Montessori School, 185 Court Street at Bergen Street. The meeting will include a presentation of the options put forth by Fortis, followed by opportunities for community feedback and discussion.)