Special to DNAinfo
MANHATTAN — Developers are moving forward with its plans to build on the site of a popular Upper East Side playground now that its 25-year deal to keep the privately owned space public has expired, despite efforts by many in the community to prevent it from being demolished, according to reports.
Related Companies is planning to partner with local hospitals to build a $240 million cancer treatment center crowned with a 250-unit residential tower on the site of Ruppert Playground at 92nd Street between Second and Third avenues, Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
NYU Langone Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering are among the hospitals that have reportedly partnered with the developer to build a proton therapy treatment facility at the East 92nd Street site, despite protests from locals who have been lobbying to preserve the playground.
When Ruppert Playground was built in 1983 as part of Related's $10 million purchase from the city, the 205 East 92nd St. spot was supposed to be maintained as a public space for 25 years.
Since that requirement elapsed in 2009, Related has floated several mixed residential plans, including affordable-housing units, market-rate rentals and condominiums.