Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn NY has received an approval from the City's Board of Standards and Approvals to move forward with their expansion plans. Lyn S. Hill a NY Methodist spokesperson said that "this project will enhance outpatient healthcare for Brooklyn residents and we have incorporated numerous suggestions and revisions as a result of community input". Revisions of the project include deleting the 7th floor of the building, reducing parking spaces by 189 and aligning the 5th Street facade with existing buildings.
Many local residents opposed the expansion because of the non conforming height of 152 feet, with the low rise character of the neighborhood and increased traffic to local streets. Opponents also cite the recent closing of Long Island College Hospital and patients have flocked to Methodist Hospital and overwhelming Methodist resources. Some patients had to be sent to other hospitals.
One last hurdle before the expansion is finalized is an approval from the State Department of Health. If completely approved the new 485,000 square foot building will have a surgery center, and endoscopy suite, a cancer center, an afterhours urgent care center and more.
To make room for the expansion more than a dozen beautiful brownstone townhouses will be demolished between 5th & 6th Streets and 7th & 8th Avenues.
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