Cobble Hill

PHOTOS: Brooklyn’s LICH still stands, but not for long

March 9, 2016 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Scaffolding surrounds the former Long Island College Hospital's (LICH) Fuller Pavilion, at Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street. Photos by Mary Frost

A moment in time before change comes to Cobble Hill

Boarded up windows, chains on a playground fence, netting and debris littering the ground behind construction fences are the signs of the demolition soon to come to the former Long Island College Hospital’s (LICH) 12-story Fuller Pavilion and eight-story Othmer Pavilion.

Fortis Property Group, which purchased the 20-building LICH campus in Cobble Hill for $240 million, is preparing to knock down the buildings as part of its controversial high-rise development plan.

The historic hospital’s closure was fought for years. The Cobble Hill Association and local officials are now trying to scale back Fortis’ plan, backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, to rezone the area, which would allow much denser development in the low-rise neighborhood. (A non-rezoning option would also have tall towers, but would not be as dense.)