The New York Methodist Hospital expansion project has been controversial since its initial announcement back in June. Council member Brad Lander has now added his voice to the heated dialogue, in a letter written to VP for Communication and External Affairs Lyn Hill.
In it, he thanks the organization for their outreach to his office, community organizations, and neighbors, before giving voice to the concerns and suggestions shared with him by his constituents:
Reduce the building bulk, and shift it toward 7th Avenue: Design the new facility so that the majority of the building will be closer to existing hospital properties on 7th Avenue rather than 8th Avenue, which is predominantly residential.
Make the mid-block through street two-way: Some neighbors have suggested that, given the prevalence of one-way streets in the surrounding area, the through street ought to be two-way, in order to avoid vehicles circling nearby blocks.
Mitigate impacts from an increase in traffic and demand for on-street parking: Designate additional space, beyond what was included in the mid-block through street proposal, for patient pick-up and drop-off. Better incentivize hospital staff, patients,and visitors to use public transit, potentially through advocacy and funding for improvements to the 7th Avenue F/G subway station and additional bus service.
Share architectural renderings of the building façade and lobby: Provide details about the materials, colors, and textures under consideration and explain how the design team intends to incorporate existing features from the surrounding area.
The letter comes in preparation of the upcoming public meetings on the hospital’s revised proposal. Check out New York Methodist’s presentations for yourself tonight at the CB6 Landmarks/Land Use meeting, 6pm, at the John Jay Educational Campus (237 7th Avenue), or at the Park Slope Civic Council meeting on Monday September 30, 6:30pm, at Congregation Beth Elohim (274 Garfield Place).