Cancer Center Planned For Site of Popular UES Playground

By DNAinfo Staff on October 31, 2011 5:09pm

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rallied with residents and other elected officials on Sunday, Oct. 16, to save Ruppert Playground. They were hoping to work something out with Related, which plans to build a tower on the site.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rallied with residents and other elected officials on Sunday, Oct. 16, to save Ruppert Playground. They were hoping to work something out with Related, which plans to build a tower on the site.
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By Sonja Sharp
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.
The park was shut in mid-September to prepare for construction.
Some residents have argued that their corner of the Upper East Side is too crowded with too little public space. According to the Save Ruppert Playground website, the neighborhood is already the most densely populated in the city.

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.

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