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Battle of St. Vincent's Ready To Start in Earnest

Shots have already been fired, but the Great Battle of St. Vincent's appears ready to start for real. Yesterday, the hospital showed details of its $700 million plan for a "green" facility yesterday, including a 21-story building across from its Seventh Avenue facility and the plan to demolish the old building and build luxury housing. It would be, in the words of the Sun, "the largest development project in Greenwich Village in 50 years," which in and of themselves are fighting words. The preliminary plans include about 450 units of "high-end housing," 19 mid-block townhouses, 15,000 square feet of street-level retail and 365 hospital beds.
The insta-react to the article in today's Sun arrived quite early this in an email from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's Andrew Berman (who is also quoted in the story). He writes:

What the story doesn't mention is that the new hospital, which would take most of the facilities currently in eight different St. Vincent's buildings and squeeze them all onto one site for a 300+ foot tall curved tower, which would be one of the tallest -- probably the tallest -- buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District. This is dictated by their plan to clear seven of their eight hospital sites to sell to Rudin for $325 million, who will build an enormous 230 ft. tall residential tower across the street (probably the largest residential building in the Greeenwich Village Historic District), a mid-block apartment building, and several townhouses in between. Both main buildings would be considerably larger than the current St. Vincent's Coleman Pavillion, which at 200 ft. is their largest building right now and one of the largest in Greenwich Village. This would be the largest building project in Greenwich Village in 50 years, since the Robert Moses urban renewal superblocks south of Washington Square. That is IF it gets approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the City Council, and the City Planning Commission, which is a BIG if.React to the general plan has been going on for a while, but it appears the time is near to find a safe viewing area from which to observe the back and forth.
· St. Vincent's Unveils Big Building Plans [Sun]
· Will Anyone Miss This Building? [Curbed] [Photo courtesy of JetCity/flickr]