BY JORDAN GIBBONS
A new proposal is in the works for the former Mary Immaculate Hospital building in Downtown Jamaica to revitalize the rundown site, which has remained unused since the facility was closed in 2009.
The project, which was revealed by the architect firm Goldstein, Hill & West Architects, LLP, plans to completely rebuild the two main structures of the hospital, located at 150-13 89th Ave., into a new 16-story luxury rental with 324 proposed apartments, replacing its façade with a contemporary metal and glass skin.
The original hospital building will have its limestone and brick façade restored according to the description on the architect’s website.
A third structure, the Townhouses, is a four-story historic building, which will be converted into 15 apartments. The project could later include four other buildings on the block.
There is also an enclosed parking area with 237 spaces in the plans.
An application to convert the building into rental apartments was submitted to the Department of Buildings in September, but was disapproved in November for failure to meet code compliance standards, according to a DOB spokesperson.
The property, which fell into disrepair over the years, has 117 violations still open under the DOB.
The site, which is located directly north of Rufus King Park, is zoned as an R6 residential area, so no commercial space can be built on the land.
The 94-ft., seven-story building will become a 196-ft. tower under the current application.
When the hospital was shuttered in 2009, Community Board 12 was actively against its closing since it was the only full-service medical facility in the district. Adrienne Adams, chair of CB 12, said that losing that fight was a detriment to the community.
“Over the past few years, we hoped that our voices would be heard and that the new owner would at least place another much-needed medical facility in its place,” Adams said. “Today, we are still without a hospital in Community Board 12 and are instead getting luxury apartments in its place. Expensive housing, less resources… we continue to wait for the needs of the community to be met. This is not the answer.”
The Chetrit Group, which purchased the property in 2009, and GHWA did not return calls for comment.
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