The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is on its way towards building a new 13-story outpatient surgical center between 73rd and 74th Streets and York Avenue and the FDR Drive. HSS is seeking a zoning variance to increase the size of the planned 207,000 square foot building beyond current limits and Manhattan Community Board 8 just voted to give the hospital its seal of approval. The new building would be on a current manufacturing-oriented block, and the ambulatory care tower would displace a long-time auto repair facility, according to DNAinfo.
The city is also planning to replace a former sanitation facility on that same block between 73rd and 74th Streets and is accepting proposals from other medical facilities. This is the northward expansion of what the AIA Guide to NYC refers to as Hospitalia along the East River. Weill-Cornell and Memorial Sloan-Kettering have both built new towers in the neighborhood over the last six years. HSS's ambulatory care center and the City's request for proposals may force the AIA Guide to extend Hospitalia's boundary north of 72nd Street in its next edition.
· Hospital for Special Surgery Unveils Plans for New Building [DNAinfo]