So this is what the former Mary Immaculate Hospital is to look like when it is finished, a very nice, sleek and I am sure not cheap apartment building. Now since this place will face that garage strewn mess called Rufus King Park, do you really think people moving into a place like this and paying the amount of money to live there will tolerate Rufus King Park looking like some slum hole in Mexico. I don’t think so. BUT this is no excuse for the City or local leaders not to do anything about this current mess NOW.
From New York YIMBY:
In March, YIMBY revealed the first designs for the redevelopment of Mary Immaculate Hospital in downtown Jamaica, and now we’ve got some better renderings of the huge rental project at 150-13 89th Avenue.
The aerial view shows the first three buildings in a master plan that will eventually bring seven apartment buildings to the block-long site facing Rufus King Park. Two of the main hospital structures will be converted to a 16-story luxury rental complex with 339 apartments. The hulking, brutalist addition to the hospital will grow to 16 stories and gain a modern metal and glass facade, while the original hospital next door will have its original brick and limestone facade restored.
The four-story 1940s brick building at the corner of 88th Avenue and 153rd Street will become 15 apartments, known as the Townhouses.
Goldstein, Hill & West are designing the development, which will encompass 786,000 square feet once construction finishes. Zoning prohibits ground floor retail, but the complex will have a subterranean parking garage with space for 237 cars.
Mary Immaculate shut its doors in 2009, along with Jamaica’s other hospital, St. Johns Queens, after their parent corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Notorious Brooklyn landlord Jack Guttman picked up the site during a bankruptcy auction a few months later, but ultimately sold it to Meyer Chetrit for a relatively low $4.8 million, or less than $12 per buildable square foot.