Fewer but wealthier tenants for former St. Vincent’s site

Photo by Lincoln Anderson A huge swath of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital has been demolished and will be redeveloped with new infill construction.

Photo by Lincoln Anderson
A huge swath of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital has been demolished and will be redeveloped with new infill construction.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A gaping space is all that remains where some of the largest towers of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, on Seventh Ave. between 11th and 12th Sts., once stood, following the demolition of a huge swath of the medical complex.

What’s left — with the addition of new construction — will be developed by The Rudin Organization / Global Holdings into The Greenwich Lane, 200 high-end condo residences, including five buildings, plus five single-family townhouses on 11th St. In March 2012, the number of planned units dropped by 100 — from 450 to 350 — and has since dropped by another 150 residences. As for why the amount of apartments keeps decreasing, a spokesperson said, “In the end, they opted to go for bigger apartments — which reflects the current market.”

State Senator Brad Hoylman was chairperson of Community Board 2 when the board reviewed the Rudin project application for the former hospital site.

Asked his thoughts on the number of apartments having plunged to 200, he told The Villager, “It means that there will be fewer, wealthier people who will be paying for larger apartments. Fewer people will mean possibly less impact on schools and infrastructure — but it’s basically a wash. Maybe it will mean fewer cars, less pressure on infrastructure.”

However, he said, it’s hard to gauge right now exactly what the impact of fewer apartments will be.

There will be 10 separate addresses. The buildings will all be connected by a “lush, private, central garden.”

The complex’s name refers to what Greenwich Ave. — one of Manhattan’s oldest streets — was known as until 1843.

According to a press release, “each building in The Greenwich Lane will have its own unique identity and address, as well as slightly different finishes, reflective of the individual character of the particular building and setting.”

Thomas O’Brien of Aero Studios, named by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 designers in the world, is designing the interiors, creating each property’s unique style and feel.

The project’s architects, FXFOWLE, are targeting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group will launch sales at The Greenwich Lane this fall. Inquiries can be made through the pre-launch Web site at www.thegreenwichlane.com. It’s expected that people will begin moving into the buildings toward the end of 2015. Pricing of the units hasn’t been finalized yet. However, the spokesperson said, “It will be comparable to other recent new luxury projects Downtown, such as 150 Charles St. [the Witkoff project at the former Whitehall storage site] and 56 Leonard St.”

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15 Responses to Fewer but wealthier tenants for former St. Vincent’s site

  1. Replacing the only medical center/traumaI unit on the lower west side of Manhattan (area between Battery Park to 59th Street) with 200 apartments for the wealthy few to the benefit the Rudin Real Estate Company is a blatantly immoral and unethical process. No one living in this community of ours can sanely say this was an appropriate act by those who were elected to represent the general welfare of the residents, including children and the elderly, who now are at risk to access timely care due to the vagaries of cross town traffic. Shame on all who failed to make the necessary actions to protect our lives and those who visit here-where there is commitment to justice and equity, there always is a way to succeed. Again, I say shame on all who failed us. Your failure to save SVH is the icon for the City Corrupt by real estate greed and the enablers.

    • Real estate and Wall Street run NYC, were you were expecting anything other than corruption and greed from them.

    • $1 Billion is debt is the problem with a non-profit hospital, it was completely unsustainable. Only solution a decade ago was to become a for-profit hospital and start charging full fees for everything as a business.

  2. I still wonder how long buyers will be haunted by the ghosts of a hospital in these BLOOD condos One more example of the arrogance ot the Rudin Family and their Rudin Real Estate Corporation is again they change what they said was being built.. Senator Holyman is correct that the lowering of residents will have a favorable effect on integration int the neighborhood of these rich folk and lower the disruption on existing community resources.

    Yes a smaller hospital with a trauma one ER could have been build either on the hospital site or across the street on the O'Toole site with out being in violation of the Landmark ruling. But, no. Rudin refused and so did the recipient of the land of the O';Toole building, Long Island Jewish Hospital. (There is a complete lack of transparency over who actually owns the land. The CEO of LIJ/Lenox said that LIJ/ was donated the building and land by the Rudin Real Estate Corporation. . But weeks later Rudin lawyer Melanie Myers publicity stated it was more complicated, She did not explain why. The land ownership is important because if LIJ were to a shut down as unprofitable the high end Urget Care Center (note: they call it an free standing Comprehensive Health Center too confuse the public and to qualify for a 1/3 higher government reimbursement on fees than the 18 Urgent Care Ceters that surround the location do not qualify for as Urgent Care centers., the property could revert back to Rudin and the possibility of more condos. . No hospital to remind people that in fact a hospital had existed on the site.

    • Blood Condos. Exactly right. Just like Blood diamonds. And those who sell (Rudin) and buy (ultra wealthy) should know the scorn and contempt many of us in the neighborhood feel for those building and living on what is essentially a sacred spot in our lives. Fi on them. wash their sidewalks with fake blood I say.

  3. More apartments for the wealthy, who could ever have guessed.

  4. I've lived here 23 years and haven't missed a beat without St Vincents. Believe me, if people were dying as a result of no hospital, the press would be all over it. The truth is, we all live closer to great hospitals than almost anyone else in America.

    When in its long history has NYC not been about change, upward mobility, and success?

    • Change, upward mobility and success are sometimes paired with, or known as greed. For 150 years St. Vincent's was about none of those things and was much loved for it. If you have a medical emergency sometime in your next 23 years you may experience a reason to miss it too. I agree with your point there are vast areas of the country (including Brooklyn and Queens) in much greater need of a hospital and medical facilities than Greenwich Village and that if Villagers only care about their own hospital, but no one else's, that is another form of greed.

  5. Sylvia Rackow

    What a waste of such a wonderful medical facility. How City Council Speaker Quinn could ignore the wishes of her constituents is an example of what she would do as mayor. Another reason NOT TO VOTE FOR HER.

  6. The local neighbors squashed plans for a new hospital to be built at the O'Toole site so shame on the NIMBY idiots for thwarting that plan that would have kept a local hospital.
    Fewer wealthier residents all paying taxes and placing few burdens on local schools and social services. Exactly what this city needs, not more subsidized housing for those who can't afford to live here anymore and burden local services

    • This response is devoid of actual fact on how this property was obtained, as well as so typically politicized. Take a step back and focus on the fact that there was a working hospital there. And check again in ten years and see if the residents are actually paying taxes in the amount other Villagers are. What you'll see are the usual overseas Cayman and Bahamian accounts, tax evasion, and general lack of responsibility toward community that always come with government subsidized wealth. Oh, and a private van to UES private schools. There'll be more government subsidy living in this one building than half a Village worth of rent stabilized apartment dwellers. Yes, Dave, thank you for allowing Greenwich Village to welcome with open arms our rescuers. We would never be able to make do without them. The real truth? They're bored where they live now, wherever it is, Russia, the UES, Monaco…and now they get to tell there friends that they live in Greenwich Village. Which they will be dumbing down, and making less accessible, and more boring, and less street friendly. Though I'm sure they will have fabulous parties in their suites to which they will invite well known artists to in order to impress their friends.

      They will be living in the actual AIDS MEMORIAL, and that is how locals will always refer to that set of buildings now. They will never be able to escape this designation, and it will forever be hoisted upon them.

      "Oh, you live in the "AIDS MEMORIAL". "No, I live in Greenwich Lane". "No, you live in the AIDS MEMORIAL".

    • Dave ,
      … you are so missinformed. The local neighbors (as you put it… but who are you talking about ) Rudin and LIJ refused. I know becasue Iasked theri reprentatives in person in private and at public meetings .. where did you get your information from?

  7. Barry Einstein

    Hope none of them every get sick and need a local trauma center

    • It wouldn't take any longer to get to another hospital than if you lived out in a rural town and the nearest hospital was 5 miles away, most people don't live in mega-cities and don't have a hospital 3 blocks away.
      15 years ago father came here for a visit, after dinner at a restaurant we drove back to my place, 4 to 5 miles away from the town limits where there's the major medical center for the county he had a heart attack in my car and went unconscious. Driving 75 I got him right into the hospital in maybe 3-1/2 minutes, but it was too late, even 3 minutes is too long and there's no way you can get an ambulance to you even in NYC in 3 minutes either.

  8. I Was wondering how the old Student Nurse's Residence building on 12th st was going to figure in or out of this whole plan, I was thinking of those two terracotta roundels over the doorways depicting the portrait of a nurse and if they are still there. As a sculptor I am currently working on a clay model http://i.imgur.com/g1SIpNZ.jpg of these from some photos, would be a shame if they tore down the building.

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