Monday, December 14, 2015

$65M Nursing Home & Health Facility Planned for Red Hook

Oxford Nursing Home is planning to build a 138,000 square-foot, 200-bed nursing home, as well as a 37,000 square-foot ambulatory and diagnostic treatment facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The present facility, located at 144 South Oxford Street, will be closed and replaced by a soon-to-be-constructed eight-story building at 141 Conover Street in Red Hook.

The $65 million project, more than a decade in the making, moved one step closer to becoming a reality after earning a stamp of approval from Community Board 6.

The L-shared property, bound by Van Brunt, Conover, Sullivan and King streets, occupies about two-thirds of the block and is owned by Oxford Nursing Home under the name Conover King Realty LLC, according to city records.

Oxford looked at Red Hook and saw that’s it's no longer a manufacturing area—it's an area that has a mix of uses, including residential uses; in fact, there are some residences right on the same block as the proposed development.

The nursing home operator plans to open an urgent care clinic on the site, which it would make accessible to the entire community, not just nursing-home residents. It said it was too early to pick an urgent care operator, but it has had "serious discussions" with several health care providers.

The project still requires a walk through the Uniform Land Use Review process, because the block must be rezoned for residential purposes.

Oxford Nursing Home’s is looking to rezone the entire block to a Special Mixed Use District (MX-5) that sanctions residential as well as light manufacturing on the property.

The facility’s current building on South Oxford Street was constructed around 1930 and was later converted to a nursing home.

The Fort Greene center will close once the Red Hook site is complete and about 130 existing employees will be moved to the new space.

Oxford will add on another 100 employees and has committed to hiring locally as well as working with neighborhood businesses.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2016 pending proper approvals, after which the multiple low-rise structures on the site will be demolished.

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