LICH developer reveals plans for a 28-story tower

Tower play: Fortis’s as-of-right plan for the old Long Island College Hospital site, which includes several glassy high-rises closer to the Cobble Hill Historic District.
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The developer that now owns the site of the old Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill just revealed another part of the gargantuan housing complex is has planned for the property.

Builder Fortis Property Group filed plans on Dec. 22 for a 28-story tower on Hicks Street between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, according to Department of Buildings documents and as first reported by real-estate blog New York YIMBY.

The ritzy building will have a pool and gym on its basement levels and 110 units — some of which will take up half-a-floor each.

The property is on the same L-shaped lot as the one on which Fortis is building a new medical center for New York University Langone. That is supposed to go on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street, making it likely this high-rise will be closer to Pacific Street.

The building appears to be a bit of change from Fortis’s most recent designs for the whole complexreleased in October 2015 — which had a 35-story building a little further down Pacific Street, closer to Henry Street, and a 28-story tower across the other side of Pacific Street.

Fortis filed plans for two other residential towers earlier this month — a 46-unit 17-story building at Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue and a 30-unit 15-story one on Henry Street between Pacific and Amity streets.

The developer still hasn’t revealed what it has in store for the other half of the block that will contain this latest building, or whole block bounded by Pacific, Amity, Henry, and Hicks streets.

The company had hoped to build even more units on the sprawling site of the old infirmary, but couldn’t win local residents and pols over to the idea of rezoning the land, even with the promise of building space for a new school and some below-market housing on the new site.

Still, many Cobble Hillians don’t love this version of the housing development much either — they worry it will tower over their low-rise historic neighborhood and bring too many newcomers to the area.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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