New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, announced a settlement agreement Jan. 8 with the community group Preserve Park Slope to build a new outpatient center on hospital-owned property across from existing inpatient buildings.
The agreement answers the group Preserve Park Slopes concerns about the height of the building, parking and traffic, and the new Center for Community Healths impact on the neighborhood.
The hospital agreed, according to a news release, to eliminate the seventh floor of the new building, reducing the height by approximately 14 feet.
We are delighted that we have been able to resolve the litigation over the zoning variances in an amicable manner, Lyn Hill, vice president for communication and external affairs, New York Methodist, said in the release. The settlement will allow us to move forward to construct the new outpatient healthcare facility, which is very much needed by the entire Brooklyn community.
NYM also agreed to implement an operational traffic management plan developed by a mutually retained traffic expert. The goal will be to reduce the use of residential streets by vehicular traffic related to NYMs facilities, limit the impact of the buildings loading dock on neighbors and nearby schools, and address on-street parking.
Other elements of the settlement include the following:
A landscaped area will be added along the portion of the building on Eighth Ave.
Representatives of the community group will be included on the hospitals community design and community construction advisory committees, along with a traffic task force.
A publicly available area of the hospitals website will be established and regularly updated to provide current information regarding the status of the construction of the new building.
Preserve Park Slope will meet at least twice annually with a high-level hospital official during demolition and construction to troubleshoot any problems.
We are pleased that we have reached this agreement, which will help to address the communitys concerns, Andrea Stewart, a member of the Preserve Park Slope executive committee, said in the release. We will continue to work with New York Methodist Hospital to ensure that community input is incorporated into the sites development.