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Site of 350 Hicks Street towards the left alongside the BQE, 347 Henry Street highlighted towards the lower-right of the image Site of 350 Hicks Street towards the left alongside the BQE, 347 Henry Street highlighted towards the lower-right of the image
Fortis Property Group filed applications with the city’s Department of buildings to construct two residential high-rises on opposing sites on its massive Long Island College Hospital campus. The developer acquired the property in 2014 for north of $240 million after a controversial shuttering and bidding process.
Last year, Fortis presented the local community and representatives a rezoning option that would have constructed 225,000 square feet of affordable housing and would have moved much of the proposed bulk toward the west, on sites further remote from the low-rise blocks of Cobble Hill. Last month, Fortis dropped the rezoning pursuit and will instead construct an as-of-right development. Schematic drawings developed by FXFOWLE Architects show there will be four mostly residential towers ranging from 14 to 35 floors in height, and a possible dormitory at Hicks and Amity streets. NYU will operate a a new emergency center on Atlantic Avenue.
As-of-right Site Plan, FXFOWLE
As-of-right vs the rezoning scheme; FXFOWLE
Plans were filed for two perimeter parcels of the master plan. At 350 Hicks Street, a 17-story tower with 46 residential units were filed. That site abuts an off-ramp to the BQE and presently holds a large 8-story parking garage. Units in the 259-foot-tall building will capture front-and-center views of the harbor and Manhattan skyline. Amenities will include bike storage, tenant storage, swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site parking for 24 vehicles.
Further inland, applications were filed for a 15-story building at 347 Henry Street between Amity and Pacific Street. Presently, the parcel holds a charming playground and a 5-story building that held an outpatient clinic and a pharmacy. The 182-foot-tall structure would accommodate 30 units and a large parking garage for 282 vehicles. The site sits alongside the bucolic, townhouse-lined streets of Cobble Hill and the new tower is a substantial departure from the park Fortis sought to build when they were pushing for a rezoning of the campus.
Schematic rendering of the as-of-right scheme. The two recently filed permits are depicted as the glass, stepped building to the left and the mid-rise brick building towards the right
Fortis is already proceeding with the conversion of the Polhemus Building at 100 Amity Street (350 Henry Street) and will build a row of eight townhouses between 88-96 Amity Street alongside it. Earlier this week, The Real Deal reported that the state Attorney General’s office approved the condo plan for that project which has a projected sellout $67.4 million. Romines Architecture is the applicant of record for the two newly-filed high-rises and the new row of townhouses.
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