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As LICH Sells, Doctor Calls Planned Facilities 'Inadequate'

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Although the sale of Long Island College Hospital to Fortis Property Group just closed for $240 million (finally!), it seems like the site's woes are just beginning. The sale of the property by the State University of New York stipulated that Fortis's medical partner, NYU Langone, return certain services to the community, which NYU Langone will do with the development of a four-story, 108,000-square-foot medical facility at the corner of Atlantic and Hicks streets, Brooklyn Eagle points out. New state filings spotted by Brooklyn Paper reveal the details of the $204 million treatment facility that a Brooklyn Heights doctor (and LICH redevelopment plan foe) calls "totally inadequate." The facility will have a ground-floor ER with just two inpatient beds, an outpatient surgery center, and a cancer center. "This is what is done in war zones or in rural America, not in sophisticated Downtown settings," the doctor, Jon Berall, told BP.
Meanwhile, Fortis is still playing with two housing development options for the site; an as-of-right plan that would include 400 market-rate apartments, and a plan that would require a rezoning and public review process that would bring about 800 apartments including affordable housing, space for a public school, a park, and retail to the area. According to a press release, the Cobble Hill Association and Community Board 6 still consider both developments to be "dramatically out-of-scale with the adjacent Cobble Hill Historic District" but according to Brooklyn Eagle, Fortis has endorsed the creation of a community working group formed to address the issues, which the community hopes will lead to a "collaborative, thoughtful discussion about the future of the former LICH site."

On Thursday night, Brooklyn Community Board 6 blessed the conversion of the hospital's Polhemus Building into condos.
· Doc-ument details new $204-million LICH medical center [BP]
· Brooklyn judge finalizes sale of Long Island College Hospital [BE]
· Historic LICH Building On Its Way to Becoming Condos [Curbed]
· Finally, a Look at LICH's Hated Residential Conversion [Curbed]
· All LICH coverage [Curbed]