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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON| Showing how it can nimbly find and retrofit large amounts of existing space for its own use, New York University Langone Medical Center has purchased more than half of the square footage in the Verizon Building in Murray Hill, near the medical center.
N.Y.U. Langone now owns 14 out of 24 floors — slightly more than 327,000 square feet — in the block-through, black-glass-and-concrete-sheathed building at 240 E. 38th St.
The space will house the medical center’s new ambulatory care center, including pre-admission testing, physicians’ offices, administrative offices for the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, clinical laboratory space, a Cancer Infusion Center and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Comprehensive Care Center, as well as other services.
Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president for government relations and community engagement, said the Verizon Building space is actually only temporary, and is needed to accommodate a major rebuilding project at the medical center, on First Ave. in the E. 30s.
“Our hospital is undergoing a significant overhaul and renovation of their existing facilities, so they are leasing many thousands of square feet of ‘interim’ space to locate vital programs while the main hospital facilities are renovated,” Hurley said. “What you see will probably be there for about five to 10 years depending on where it falls within the overall renovation campaign.”
Langone’s Web site, on a page called “Campus Transformation,” describes the “massive revamping of clinical resources in the North Clinical Campus… . The two buildings that house the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Perelman Institute will be demolished to make way for the Kimmel Pavilion, N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center’s planned new high-acuity clinical facility.” To allow the $1.2 billion project to proceed, the site notes, “The Campus Transformation project team has acquired sites and designed new facilities to turn the multifaceted, complex relocation strategy into reality.”
Some of the N.Y.U. medical programs are being temporarily relocated to about a half-dozen smaller scattered locations. However, the Verizon site appears to be by far the largest.