Wednesday, Nov. 30, representatives for Rudin Management hashed out the details of their development plan for the former St. Vincent's hospital site in Greenwich during a public hearing with the City Planning Commission. The overall plan seeks to convert the existing campus into luxury condominiums, an emergency medical facility, a school and a public park. While the CEO and vice chairman of the company, Bill Rudin, cited the economic benefits of the project, from tax money to creating jobs, and even Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office wrote an approval of the project, the dozens of community members who turned out for the meeting seemed less than convinced. A flyer saying "We Demand a Hospital" was passed around as many residents are asking for a full-service hospital instead of the planned care center. Among those who spoke out in opposition to the plan was Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the largest member organization in the neighborhood. Berman noted that approving the project could set a dangerous zoning trend, noting that this could allow more density for public projects, which could later be used to the advantage of private developments when these public facilities were no longer in use. The Commission will reportedly vote on the project in 60 days, at which time it will then go to a City Council vote.
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