Medical facility starts to rise on former Long Island College Hospital site in Cobble Hill

A view of the site from Hicks Street.
Photo by Craig Hubert

The long-planned medical facility that’s part of the larger, controversial River Park development in Cobble Hill has started to rise on Atlantic Avenue, a visit to the site last week revealed.

Located at 339 Hicks St. (with an alternate address of 70 Atlantic Ave.), the building, on the former Long Island College Hospital site, will be home to an NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Clinic. In March 2020, the property was sold to NYU Langone Hospitals for $10.1 million, public records show.

Green construction fence still surrounds the site, which has been framed out and has currently risen three of its eventual five stories. Renderings posted on the site show a facade of reflective glass with a wraparound awning around the ground floor and a bump out along Hicks Street. Perkins Eastman, who is behind the design of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, among many other buildings in the borough, is the architect.

The project was the focus of more than a year of protests and lawsuits, ultimately culminating in the sale of the property to developer Fortis. After the community rejected Fortis’ request for a rezoning, the developer chose the as-of-right option to build condo towers without affordable housing.

A rendering of the site posted on a construction fence.Photo by Craig Hubert

Not including the medical center, the River Park development includes five separate buildings on nearby sites in the area: 1 River Park, located at 350 Hicks, is just across the street from the medical center and will reach 20 stories; 2 River Park, which will be located at 91 Pacific St. and occupy the same block as the medical center, will be the tallest tower in the controversial complex at 28 stories; 5 River Park, which has been plagued by whistling balconies and is the farthest along of the three, is still under construction at 347 Henry St.

Following the adaptation of existing buildings and new townhouse construction on the site, sales started for three towers at the complex in 2019. Two more buildings, dubbed 3 and 4 River Park, will be announced in the next phase of construction and will exist on Pacific Street between Hicks and Henry.

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.com.