Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Methodist Hospital’s $445 Million Expansion Project in Park Slope

After numerous delays, New York Methodist Hospital has finished razing 16 brownstones on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope to make way for its new $445 million Center for Community Health.

The City of New York approved the hospital’s plan to build a clinic one story shorter than originally planned at 505-525 6th Street. New York Methodist is preparing to move forward with construction.

The new six-story building will cover 486,000 square feet adjacent to the main hospital, and offer a wide array of high-quality outpatient services, which will allow for increased inpatient capacity in the existing hospital buildings.

To ensure that the building’s facade would be in keeping with the historic brownstone neighborhood, the design was developed with input from representatives of several Park Slope organizations.

Preparation for construction is in progress and is also proceeding with community input.

The clinic will consolidate many of the services currently found in the hospital: outpatient surgery, imaging, cancer treatment and specialty care in orthopedics and cardiology.

Separating the clinic services from the hospital setting will create “a more patient-centered environment that will help improve patient experience, operational efficiencies and care coordination,” according to the hospital.

In 2015, when the city approved zoning changes that would allow New York Methodist to build a new seven-story outpatient center in Park Slope’s brownstone neighborhood, community groups protested.

As part of a settlement, the hospital altered its clinic design to better conform to its Park Slope surroundings, agreed to move the building’s entrance, pay for a traffic engineer to avoid clogging up streets around the building and create green space along the building’s facade.

It got rid of the planned seventh floor, reducing the building's height by about 14 feet.

The project, designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, is slated to take three years to complete after construction begins, and will be funded through existing hospital funds and new debt.

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