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Shrinking St. Vincent's Tower Still Not Short Enough?

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In May, St. Vincent's Hospital and Rudin Management?the partner in St. V's controversial redevelopment plan in Greenwich Village?headed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and presented a shorter version of the condo building that would replace the current hospital tower along Seventh Avenue. The 33-foot chop, down to 233', was still not enough for the LPC, which sent the architects at FX Fowle back to the drawing board. Yesterday, a 218-foot-tall version of the tower was presented, and City Room reports that while the LPC did not vote, the commissioners' pointed questions made it seem like St. Vincent's will have to try, try again.

It's not just the height of the residential tower that the LPC might have problems with. The shorter structures planned along West 11th and West 12th Streets that would replace current hospital buildings (the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has a photo gallery of the slideshow that was presented) were also criticized, on details such as as the relationship of the windows to the "historic windows in Greenwich Village." The St. Vincent's buildings lie within the Greenwich Village Historic District, hence the needed approval of the LPC?which has already approved the razing of the O'Toole Building across the street for a new Pei Cobb Freed-designed hospital tower. By the time the housing portion of the plan gets approved, there might actually be another boom to create a market for these condos.
· Planned St. Vincent’s Condo Tower Shrinks Again [City Room]
· St. Vincent's coverage [Curbed]