The first public hearing on the Rudin Management Company’s plans for the site of St. Vincent Hospital in Greenwich Village will be this evening at 6:30 at P.S. 41 at 116 West 11th Street. Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, emailed us the announcement on Monday night.
He called Rudin’s plan "almost unprecedented in its scope, especially in the Greenwich Village Historic District."
Rudin last year bought eight buildings at 12th Street and Seventh Avenue that St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers is vacating as part of a consolidation. Bill Rudin, president of Rudin Management, talked to The Observer‘s John Koblin in June about the plans, which would include an apartment complex on the east side of Seventh:
You recently made a partnership with St. Vincent Hospital to build a new hospital on Seventh Avenue. It’s a complicated deal. Can you explain it?
It is a complex deal. The basic concept is that the O’Toole Building on the west side of Seventh Avenue will be the new home of a state-of-the-art, 21st-century hospital. It’ll be built to work with the expanding demographics of the West Village and Chelsea and downtown, to really provide a very modern health-care facility to work with this population.
After that is built, we will take over the existing campus on the east side of Seventh Avenue and develop an apartment complex not designed yet.
What attracted you to this site?
What attracted us to it is that it’s an important medical New York City institution—it provides important medical facilities for downtown. We also liked the location and the potential for creating something very exciting and very dynamic in that neighborhood. My grandfather and my father and my uncle built 2 Fifth Avenue in the early 1950’s, so we have a sense of the neighborhood.
The Historic Preservation Society, along with other community groups, has its own plan for the site (PDF).