New York Methodist Hospital is moving aggressively to expand their medical complex which was selectively excluded from the Park Slope Historic District in 2009. Unless we act quickly and demand a revised plan that works in harmony with the surrounding blocks, this mega-project will permanently and irrevocably alter the “pleasant, tree-lined streets and wide avenues containing houses of generally low height” that described the area in 1980, when the neighborhood was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
According to documents filed by the hospital:
The current proposal calls for a nine story, 152 foot high structure in the center of a densely populated residential neighborhood.
The current proposal will require the complete demolition of 16 architecturally desirable buildings.
The project will eliminate at least 82 occupied residential units including 6 low income rent controlled units and has the potential to permanently alter the quality of life for residents and surrounding businesses.
More than 221,317 annual visitors will add untold numbers of cars, ambulettes and commercial vehicles to already clogged streets.
Despite the fact that this is the largest construction project to be undertaken in Park Slope since the area was declared a landmark district, the new complex is being planned without adequate public input.
Sign our petition to oppose the current plan and demand that New York Methodist Hospital dramatically scale back the size and scope of the complex being proposed and present a plan that is respectful of the neighborhood and meaningfully mitigates community concerns about environmental impact, neighborhood character, traffic, and safety.