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Old September 5th, 2015, 05:44 AM   #1
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With the seemingly never-ending pitched battles over the closure of Long island College Hospital in Brooklyn and plans to redevelop the site comes this latest proposal from site owner Fortis group:

Finally, a Look at LICH's Hated Residential Conversion

Cobble Hill residents fought hard to save Long Island College Hospital, but the long battle over ownership will ultimately end with the complex in the hands of Fortis Property Group. And last night, the developer gave the first look at the hospital's next life as a megaproject with four towers, 820 apartments, new retail, and a medical center. Fortis presented its redevelopment plan to a crowd of very angry Cobble Hill residents, many of whom fought tirelessly to save the hospital before it ultimately sold to Fortis for $240 million. Upon loss of the hospital, the Cobble Hill Association, which organized last night's meeting, came up with a list of development guidelines for the 20-building hospital campus. It included, among other things, contextual design to the neighborhood's brownstones, no glass facades, and a height limit of 50 feet. What they got instead was over 1 million square feet of development that includes 30-story and 40-story towers.

Dan Kaplan of the architecture firm FXFOWLE presented the plans on behalf of Fortis. He first presented the plan that can be built as-of-right on the site, which the developers do not want to move ahead with. As-of-right development allows for a 14-story building, 19-story building, and 44-story building with parks, retail, and community space. (While the majority of Cobble Hill is landmarked with a 50-foot height limit, this particular site is not.)

Instead, the developers want to go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure to roughly double the amount of allowable square footage for residential development with a 16-story tower, 20-story tower, 30-story, and 40-story tower. The proposal includes building seven new townhouses along the south side of Amity Street, renovating the landmarked Polhemus Building for residential use, and adding a six-story addition to a former H-shaped hospital building, plus building new residential towers. It would also create new parks and retail. The height of the towers will grow denser toward the west end of the site, with the 40-story tower located on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street. Kaplan said the developers are considering building out a school on the ground floor.


Where this ends no one knows but a site this huge was never going to become 2 story carriage houses on a leafy cul-de-sac...
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Old September 5th, 2015, 05:49 AM   #2
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Community group president out as LICH fight heats up


“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war,” Winston Churchill said, but community activists fighting the redevelopment of the former Long Island College Hospital site in Cobble Hill beg to differ.

Acting president Roy Sloane of the Cobble Hill Association announced his resignation in the face of criticism from the group’s members that he was wasting time negotiating with Fortis Property Group, which is redeveloping the site, and City Council member Brad Landler, who is mediating, Politico reported.

Fortis filed plans to build a 44-story luxury condo building on the site. In the face of community opposition, the developer, despite having an as-of right to build, offered to move its main tower further away and construct a smaller building on the site, on the condition that the city rezone the area to allow for more market-rate residential space.

Activists are rejecting negotiations though, and instead opting to sue Fortis, though there’s no clear legal rationale for such a suit.

In a letter to the Cobble Hill Association, Sloane wrote. “The danger of an out-of-scale skyscraper district in our low-rise, historic community is very real — but for me, the greatest tragedy would be for the Fortis development to leave a torn and divided community in its wake.”

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Old October 21st, 2015, 06:19 PM   #3
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Fortis Releases Renderings & Breakdowns For Two Versions Of LICH Redevelopment, Cobble Hill

Amid news of a possible student dormitory component in Fortis Property Group’s redevelopment of the Long Island College Hospital property, in Cobble Hill, full breakdowns of the developer’s as-of-right and ULURP-proposed plans have been released. According to The Wall Street Journal, the as-of-right plans call for 528,935 square feet of market-rate residential space, 262,555 square feet of community facility — the dormitory component — as well as 23,375 square feet of public space, but no retail or affordable housing.

On the other hand, the ULURP plans call for 900,000 square feet of residential space, 10,000 square feet of retail, 225,000 square feet of affordable housing, and a 40,000 square-foot elementary school, in addition to a larger public space.
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I'd prefer the first render.
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