Thursday, March 10, 2011

Did the Rudin Family get the message activist sent -- Rudin big time developers to sell-out Christine Quinn decide to do the right thing and get us a hospital!

A message to all you developers donating to Christine Quinn,
activists from all parts of New York City are watching!

The Rudin Family clearly got our message.
Here is the email from Andrew Berman with the news....

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March 10, 2011 
Dear Friend,
I have some important news regarding plans for the St. Vincent's Hospital site, NYU's expansion plans, and the Jane Street Triangle.
St. Vincent'sSt. Vincent's Hospital:  Today St. Vincent's Hospital, the Rudin Family, and North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital announced an agreement to redevelop the St. Vincent's Hospital sites in Greenwich Village.  The plan would create a new medical facility run by North Shore LIJ in St. Vincent's O'Toole Building, while Rudin would develop the remainder of the East Campus for residential use as per the plans approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2009 (see "current proposal" HERE). 

Any such plan must still be approved by the bankruptcy court and go through a long, multi-stage rezoning process, which requires multiple public hearings and votes by the Community Board and Borough President, and requires final approval by the City Planning Commission and City Council. When those hearings are scheduled, GVSHP will let you know.

For the statement by St. Vincent's, Rudin, and North Shore LIJ, and more details on the proposal, see the latest update on GVSHP's St. Vincent's page HERE.

NYUNYU:  NYU has revealed plans to make changes to the landmarked Silver Towers complex, including changes to lighting and fences, and to move a dog run and playground currently located on Mercer Street into the complex southeast of the Picasso "Sylvette" sculpture.  To see the plans, or sign up for updates on when the proposal will be heard and voted on by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and how you can provide input, click HERE for the entry in GVSHP'sLandmarks Application Webpage.

NYU will also provide an update about its massive 2031 expansion plan and the lengthy public review and approval process it must go through to Community Board #2 on Monday, March 21 beginning at 6:30 pm at Grace Church School Auditorium, 86 Fourth Avenue (at 11th Street).  The meeting is open to the public, and GVSHP will report back about any new information provided, but a preview of what NYU has planned for the Washington Square Village complex can be found HERE

Jane St. TriangleJane Street Triangle:  This week the City revealed changes to its previously released plan for changes to the Jane Street Triangle.  In addition to changes to the seating, the plan now demarcates the section of West 4th Street which will become pedestrianized so that the historic street pattern is preserved. 

To see the new plans, click HERE, or read more about it in theentry on GVSHP's blog, "Off the Grid."  The plan will have to come before the Landmarks Preservation Commission for public hearings and approval; no date has been scheduled yet, but you can check GVSHP's Landmarks Application Webpage to see when it has been.

As always, we will get you the latest information on important preservation and development issues in our neighborhood as soon as they are available.