April 29, 2013
Despite the imminent riverside gold rush at the hands of Extell (vis-a-vis Pathmark) and discussion of NYCHA infill, a much different development could be on the way. A polar opposite, if you will. On Wednesday evening, the Land Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 will hear the case for construction of a 183,700 square-foot palliative care facility on South Street that acts as an enhanced assisted living residence for older adults.
There’s some back history with this particular location, though. HealthCare Chaplaincy seeks to modify the existing Large Scale Residential Development (“LSRD”) that was originally approved by the city back in May of 1972. The land targeted is a large chunk of parcel 5 of the since-expired Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area, which currently functions as parking lot.If ultimately approved, the healthcare facility will reach 206 feet (roughly 18 stories), and boast 120 assisted living units, a geriatric outpatient medical practice, chapel, and space for a non-profit commercial tenant. Most of the displaced parking spaces would be redistributed to an on-site garage and a newly created lot alongside the perimeter, plus the addition of 45 new spots. Furthermore, the South Street frontage would be lined with landscaping. It’s also important to note that the facility will not affect Rutgers Park.