Friday, April 4, 2014

Ronald McDonald House to Rise on East 60th Street

The Ronald McDonald House is reviving its plan to develop a building site at 405 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side. The project has been on-hold for several years, but now the hospice — which serves pediatric cancer patients — plans to raze the present building and replace it with a new 16-story, state-of-the-art facility. The construction, originally planned for 2010, will create 95,000 square feet of new space, and house 74 extended-stay units. 

The Ronald McDonald House is currently located at 405 East 73rd Street; so the charity’s move will be minor, keeping it on the Upper East Side. The organization’s mission to maintain proximity to treatment facilities is crucial.

At both its former and current location, patients are close to thirteen treatment facilities, providing access to some of the best healthcare in the world.

The new Ronald McDonald House will be fairly simple16-story structure, with aesthetics characterized by large, floor-to-ceiling windows.

While the eastern edge of the Upper East Side has traditionally been a nexus for healthcare, locals would rather scuttle plans for state-of-the-art facilities.

The battle over Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new cancer treatment center was vigorously opposed by neighborhood activists, though construction plans for the new cancer center were ultimately approved.

Besides the new Memorial Sloan Kettering facility, another outpost for New York Presbyterian will soon rise at 445 East 68th Street.

The Ronald McDonald House proposal for the East 60th Street site has already been subject to public review and was approved by the city early last decade.

The project has all the permits and allowances needed for the new development, and the charity has indicated that facade and roof work will be performed as a precursor to demolition.

No completion date for the re-development has been announced.

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