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Fortis Rumored to Move Forward With Rezoning for LICH Megaproject

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Rezoning allows for denser residential development at the site

Fortis Property Group may move to rezone the Long Island College Hospital site in Cobble Hill, which would allow for denser residential development, DNAinfo first reported (h/t Brooklyn Eagle). An email sent out by the Cobble Hill Association, the community group that is opposed to the development, stated that the group had been informed by representatives at City Hall that the developer would likely begin the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) to proceed with its plan.

As of right, Fortis can build less dense buildings at the site. With rezoning, there will be more apartments, but the developers have also committed to providing affordable housing, a public school and parking in return. Both plans include a NYU Langone Medical Center.

Local residents are not too keen on either plans but are particularly opposed to the ULURP plan, on grounds that the buildings are out of character with the surrounding neighborhood, and the large amount of new residents it will bring to the area.

However both the Mayor's office and a spokesperson for Fortis have denied that the ULURP is underway.

"As we've said all along, we want to work with the community to find a path forward for the former LICH site that makes the most sense for everyone," a spokesperson for Fortis said in an emailed comment. "We look forward to discussing our proposed redevelopment plans once they're solidified."

Fortis purchased the site for $240 million last year, and demolition work on some of the buildings is now underway.