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Community Objections to the St. Vincent's Campus Redevelopment Project

Community Objections to the St. Vincent's Campus Redevelopment Project

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Objections filed with the New York City Planning Commission in opposition to the Rudin Organization's plan to build 450 luxury condominiums at the site of the former St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan.
Objections filed with the New York City Planning Commission in opposition to the Rudin Organization's plan to build 450 luxury condominiums at the site of the former St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan.

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To:NewYorkCityPlanningCommissionNewYorkCityDepartmentofCityPlanning22ReadeStreetNewYork,NY10007
COALITIONFORANEWVILLAGEHOSPITALCOMMENTSINOPPOSITIONTOTHEPROPOSEDSAINTVINCENT'SCAMPUSREDEVELOPMENTPROJECT
YettaG.Kurland,Esq.KURLAND,BONICA
&
ASSOCIATES,P.C.
AttorneysforCoalitionforaNewVillageHospital
304ParkAvenueSouth,Suite206NewYork,NY10010(212)253-6911July11,2011
 
PRELIMINARYSTATEMENT
TheCoalitionforaNewVillageHospital(Coalition)isanumbrellaorganizationcomprisedofover50supportingcommunitygroupsandapproximately8,000individualmemberswholive,workandtraveltothelowerwestsideofManhattanandwhohavebeenimpactedbythesuddenclosureofSt.Vincent'shospital.TheCoalitionreflectsawidecross-sectionofthecommunityincludingage,socio-economicstatusandethnicmake-up,andisstronglyopposedtocurrentplansputforwardbytheRudinDevelopmentCompanytodevelopthenonprofithospitalfacilityof
st.
Vincent'sintoprivateluxurycondominiums.Suchadevelopmentandconversionofpublicfacilitieswoulddeprivethecommunityofessentialhealthcare,substantiallydestroythehistoricdistrictandputunsustainabledemandsonthecurrentresourcesofthecommunityandinfrastructure.TheplanalsoviolateslanduseproceduresasitattemptstotransferapprovalsfromtheLandmarksPreservationCommission(LPC)procuredbydifferentapplicantsforadifferentpurpose.ItistheCoalition'spositionthatLPCapprovalsarenotfungibleandcannotbesotransferred.Further,under§25-307oftheNewYorkCityAdministrativeCode,whetherornotabuildingiscontributingtothehistoriclookandfeelofanareaisdependentonandmustbeconsidered
in
contextoftheuseofthestructuresandoverallapplication.Furthermore,noCertificateofAppropriatenesshaseverbeengrantedforthisproject.TheCoalitionsubmitsthesecommentsinoppositiontothisplan,alongwithindividualcommentsfromsomeofthesponsoringcommunitygroups,andover3,500
1
 
signaturesofapetitioncirculatedinthelastthreeweeksaskingthattheNewYorkCityCityPlanningCommissiondenythisapplicationsubmittedbytheRudinManagementCompanyinrelationtotheSt.Vincent'sCampusRedevelopmentProject.
An
additionalconsiderationisthat,becausethecurrentplandoesnotincludeahospital,itsubstantiallydiffersfromthepriorplan,anddoesnotcomplywiththerequirementsofthe2009LPChardshipapproval,doesnotcomplywiththeprovisionsof501(c)(3)oftheInternalRevenueCodeinthatthissaleandtheproposedRudinprojectdonotcontinuethecharitablemissionofSt.Vincent'sCatholicMedicalCenterasitisrequiredto,anddoesnotcomplywithNewYorkStateN-PCLSections510and511forthesamereasonandbecauseitdoesnotofferfairorreasonableconsiderationtothepublicstakeholders.TheCityPlanningCommissionisresponsiblefortheorderlygrowthanddevelopmentoftheCity,includingadequateandappropriateresourcesforthehealthandwelfareofitspopulation.Thisapplicationlackstherequiredlandmarkspreservationapprovals,lacksrelevantlawfulpermissiontoproceedanddoesnotincludeadequateresourcesforthehealthandwelfareofNewYorkCity'spopulation.Itwouldalsocauseunsustainableandirresponsibletaxingontheinfrastructureofcurrentresources.Assuch,theCoalitioncallsupontheCityPlanningCommissiontodenyallapplicationsassociatedwiththecurrentlyproposedSt.Vincent'sCampusRedevelopmentProjectbytheRudinDevelopmentCompany.
STATEMENTOFFACTS
St.Vincent'swastheonlyinpatient,outpatient,LevelOnetraumacenterandacutecarefacilityservingManhattanfromBatteryParktoMidtown,andhasservedasa2

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