New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn has gotten the go-ahead for a major expansion, but not everyone is happy about it since it falls within the borough's largest historic district.
The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday granted the Park Slope facility the zoning variances it's been seeking since last year.
"I am a Park Slope resident and I'm not immediately impacted by this. I understand that, to me, the gain, the positives outweigh the negatives. I'm glad it went through," said New York Methodist Hospital Cardiology Chief Dr. Terrence Sacchi.
The plan calls for the demolition of a number of townhouses the hospital already owns, so a new 300,000 square foot, eight-story outpatient center can be built on 8th Avenue between 5th and 6th streets.
Opponents say the residential buildings date from the turn-of-the-century and the new structure will be out of scale with the neighborhood.
"This is a four story residential neighborhood and to put a tower of this size and to invite hundreds of thousands of people into the neighborhood each year, all of whom will be circling for parking. It's a problem for what really are quiet residential streets," said Jarrett Brilliant of Preserve Park Slope.
"The hospital seems to have no problem changing the character of the neighborhood," said Bennett Kleinberg of Preserve Park Slope.
The hospital says the building will feature new surgical suites and a cancer treatment center that will help it meet increased patient demand.
Brooklyn residents who spoke with NY1 say they hope a compromise can be reached.
"I'm all for not destroying the structure. I'm all for keeping the brownstones up. I think they can do something. They have enough money. They can make something else work," said one resident.
In a statement, Methodist said they have worked with the community and will continue to do so.
Leaders with Preserve Park Slope say they are going to continue talking with Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander and the mayor's office to push for studies to be conducted about the overall impact the facility will have on the neighborhood.