NYU Langone medical center to open in Cobble Hill in April
Promised as part of deal to sell LICH
The builders are putting the finishing touches on the exterior of the new five-story NYU Langone ambulatory care facility at 70 Atlantic Ave. (aka 339 Hicks St.) in Cobble Hill, and the hospital expects to open the much-delayed medical center in April, an NYU Langone spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle.
Dubbed “NYU Langone Health—Cobble Hill,” the roughly 160,000-square-foot facility will house a state-of-the-art emergency department (ED), replacing the interim ED currently in operation at 83 Amity St. (at Amity and Hicks streets).
The building will also house primary and specialty care medical practices, replacing the interim NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Cobble Hill at 97 Amity St., and will include a surgical suite for outpatient procedures. The site will also offer an on-site clinical laboratory, a women’s health center, a pathology team, imaging and other services.
Also included in the new facility will be a branch of NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center.
Part of the controversial sale of LICH
Operating a 24/7 ED and providing the other services were requirements attached to the controversial 2014 sale and redevelopment of the historic Long Island College Hospital (LICH).
Fortis Property Group bought the hospital complex, which was being mismanaged by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, for $240 million.
The medical facility was originally scheduled to be completed in 2018, but experienced delays from the very beginning. Following the two-part closing, the deed of sale was granted by the Downstate at LICH Holding Company to NYU Langone on March 13, 2020.
The deed also called for NYU Langone to operate an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in Red Hook. The NYU spokesperson said they would provide further details on this in the near future.
The original 20-building LICH campus has been partially developed as condos branded as “River Park.” River Park was to be made up of seven properties (six buildings and a cluster of eight townhouses) spanning nearly one million-square-feet, including the landmarked Polhemus Building, townhouses and towers.
However, in September, developer Fortis Property Group ran into financial trouble with two of the buildings in the development site, at 350 Hicks St. and 90-95 Pacific St. According to The Real Deal, Fortis avoided foreclosure by selling the properties to the lender Madison Realty Capital.
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