The epic saga over what to do with Long Island College Hospital careened into another possible solution. Less than a month after a proposal to convert it into condos and a medical mall was temporarily tabled, Crain's reports that Fort Greene's Brooklyn Hospital Center will make a bid for the financially ailing facility. The more solvent hospital has apparently teamed up with a private-equity firm and a developer to devise a plan that would convert LICH from a full-service institution into "a comprehensive care center with ambulance service and a freestanding emergency department open around the clock" as well as offer other outpatient medical services. Inpatient care would be offered at their existing location, which is a mile away on DeKalb Avenue, but that omission is sure to rankle neighborhood residents and others (like our new mayor) who have fought to keep LICH alive (BdB even got arrested in its name).
Meanwhile, the remainder of the sprawling site would be turned over for 1,000 mixed-income apartments, and at least 350 of them would be earmarked "affordable." Brooklyn Hospital's plan would not only need to placate an ornery community but also woo LICH owner SUNY Downstate, whose RFP for the site is long over. Will SUNY consider a new suitor?
· Brooklyn Hospital makes bid for LICH [Crain's]
· Condo Redevelopment Plan Halted For Brooklyn Hospital [Curbed]
· All Long Island College Hospital coverage [Curbed]