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The doctor is out! Brooklyn Hospital Center selling prime park-front building

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This hospital is going to cost someone an arm and a leg!

Fort Greene’s shabby looking Brooklyn Hospital Center is cashing in on its desirable park-front location by selling off part of the complex to pay for a facelift, according to a hospital honcho.

“We’re hoping for top dollar because we know the market is prime,” said Joan Clark, the hospital’s senior vice president of strategic planning. “Downtown Brooklyn is red hot.”

The Fort Greene Park-adjacent medical center has put its 21-story tower at Willoughby and St. Edwards streets on the market, and will close the application process next month.

The winning developer will be able to replace the structure — a 1940s brick building housing an urgent care facility and doctors’ offices — with an even taller new apartment or condo tower, as the land is already zoned for residential buildings and comes with extra air rights from the main campus, Clark said.

The new owner will also be able to build an exclusive private entrance to the park, according to promotional material from the broker.

The hospital will use the funds from the sale to perform some cosmetic surgery — it will buy new equipment, perform some renovations, and build a new, more modern ambulatory care center, Clark said.

The medical complex currently has a D rating from healthcare watchdog Hospital Safety Score and reported above average levels of some dangerous infections in recent years, but Clark claims it is the dowdy digs really driving potential patients away.

“We give great quality care but because some of our facilities are dated, people don’t always get that impression,” she said.

And neighbors should be happy to see the new housing high-rise there too, Clark said, because it will look much swankier than the existing building.

“This is going to be a beautiful building that the community will like more than the current structure,” she said.

Construction is still a ways off, though — the hospital will lease the building back from the buyer for two to three years while it does construction.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Gary from CG says:
Needs art.
March 25, 2016, 10:39 am
Fatima from Fort Greene says:
It sounds like a plan.
March 25, 2016, 10:43 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Would a buyer actually keep that ugly piece of utilitarian architecture? (That was probably purpose-built and would be difficult to alter significantly) Or would they quickly demolish it and build something else?
March 25, 2016, 11:56 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Grandma Wasserman, rest her soul, always used to say "it's what's inside of a hospital that counts"....Now, I hope you don't mind my saying that those words have never rang more true.
My suggestion (that I do hope you'll pardon) is this:
1. Stay in the current building.
2. Save money and make the inside even more efficient.
3. Have local artists spruce it up by painting giant murals on the building's outside, having to do with the medical word such as a giant wheelchair, a thermometer, Band-Aids, syringes, hot water bottles, bed pans, and also pictures of sick people from the neighborhood.
These artists would be glad to do it for free and it would surely bring the community together, drawing in more sick people.
John Wasserman
March 25, 2016, 2:45 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Here we go again. A hospital originally created and funded for the community in 1845 by the government is finally able to transfer this once public asset into private hands for luxury development in 2016. This type of public corruption of taking public assets and giving them to private hands only took 171 years ...
March 28, 2016, 9:37 am
Terry says:
Oh! It's that brilliant wit, John Wasserman!
March 28, 2016, 11:08 am
Juan from Gowanus says:
One glance is enough to confirm that building does not date from the 1940s. Records seem to indicate went up in 1982.
April 1, 2016, 1:24 pm

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