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Brooklyn Health Partners wants court oversight

LICH bidder claims state sabotage

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The developer in talks to take over Long Island College Hospital says it will only hand over the down payment that is due today with a judge watching because the state is trying to sabotage the handoff.

Brooklyn Health Partners will present the $25-million chunk of change to a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge today, according to a spokeswoman for the company. The would-be hospital operator, which plans to keep the hospital a hospital while building 1,000 apartments on the premises, does not trust the State University of New York to operate on the up-and-up unless the long arms of the law force it to, the spokeswoman said.

“BHP’s lawyers are skeptical that SUNY wants a full-service hospital on the LICH campus and do not believe it will negotiate in good faith unless directed to do so by the court,” spokeswoman Donnette Dunbar said.

Brooklyn Health Partners will also present Judge Johnny Lee Baynes with contracts from an outside medical team that has the licenses to offer stopgap medical services at the hospital starting on May 22 — when the state is set to close the hospital at 7 am — until the bidder can open a temporary, 150-bed facility on the campus. The winning bidder’s plan calls for eventually building a 300–400-bed hospital in place of the old healthcare facility. Brooklyn Heath Partners will also show that it has the financial backing to make good on its promise of a full-service hospital and all of the other documents that the state has requested in order to close the deal, Dunbar said.

Brooklyn Health Partners filed a complaint with the Brooklyn Supreme Court last week, arguing that the university has tried to torpedo talks from the start and has repeatedly tried to impose arbitrary deadlines and requirements on the transfer process. The university failed to provide the company with a draft of a lease for the temporary hospital facility and also announced that it is considering other redevelopment proposals for the hospital, according to the complaint, which Brooklyn Health Partners withdrew on Friday when Judge Baynes told the company that the injunction was premature.

If the Brooklyn Health Partners deal disintegrates, control of the 156-year-old Cobble Hill hospital that sits on land valued at as much as $500 million will go to the Peebles Corporation, the bidder that scored second-highest in a court-mandated process that was supposed to give extra weight to proposals that retained a hospital on the site. The Peebles plan calls for dismantling the hospital and replacing it with an unspecified amount of housing along with an ambulatory surgery center and doctors offices. Three other takeover pitches of the nine filed called for maintaining hospitals on the site.

A spokesman for the State University of New York declined to comment.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
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BARB D from Bay ridge says:
Shame on NYSNA, only out for themselves. Maybe they can have another protest for trayvon. This union is trying to become 1199.
May 5, 2014, 2:43 pm
Gary from Bay Ridge says:
Unless I'm missing something, I don't understand what all the suspicion toward SUNY is all about???? Frankly, as long as they get a buyer willing to pay, why should they care who it is? They're walking away on 5/22 regardless?????
May 5, 2014, 3:20 pm
exSUNY says:
It's not about the money. The whole thing was supposed to be about hospital services. BHP promised to continue the hospital when SUNY leaves. It won because of that piece of their proposal. Now it says they aren't prepared to do it & would close LICH when they take over. Instead of keeping the hospital services, they would have doctor's offices. That's very different from the plan they proposed & won for. If they aren't putting in what they promised, they should be disqualified.
May 5, 2014, 3:40 pm
exSUNY says:
BHP was supposed to keep the hospital open with an interim bridge hospital. The goal was to avoid having lich close for any period of time. BHP's bridge hospital was supposed to be in immediately without lich closing. That's why SUNY put them in 1st place. Now BHP says lich will be closed until they can establish their bridge hospital someday many months from now & all we will have is maybe a doctor's office until then. Total BS.
May 5, 2014, 3:47 pm
Gary from Bay Ridge says:
I understand what you said, but my point is why is BHP so not trusting of SUNY as described in this article. SUNY wants nothing more than to rid itself of LICH. If BHP writes them a check, they'll be more than pleased to run away, regardless of what BHP does with the site. SUNY has no further obligations to operate anything after 5/22.
May 5, 2014, 4:07 pm
Paperlove from Cobble Hill says:
A 50 story tower here would suck more than a lack of a full service hospital. Sigh...
May 5, 2014, 6:36 pm
Curious from Want to Know says:
I don't get it. Wasn't Obamacare going to save all the hospitals and promote health?
May 5, 2014, 9:30 pm
No Tower from Cobble Hill says:
Paperlove; thank you for saying it - we DO NOT want a 50 story tower far more than we care about loosing a dysfunctional hospital.

The NURSES UNION has reaped havoc on Cobble Hill by trying to save their union dues under the cover of helping nurses.

The next protest will be against the union and the nurses if their greedy "I want it they way I want it..." jeopardizes Cobble Hill with a high rise tower.

Why isn't the limited height district of Cobble Hill being applied on this property before it gets sold? Who's asleep at the wheel???
May 6, 2014, 10:49 am

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