PARK SLOPE — New York Methodist Hospital is planning to demolish several buildings near its campus and replace them with an eight-story facility, sources familiar with the matter said.
The hospital recently notified neighbors on Fifth Street, Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue that a construction project is in the works, though hammers won't start swinging for at least a year, according to a letter to neighbors from New York Methodist spokeswoman Lyn Hill.
The letter was first reported by Brownstoner.
Hill said it was too early to discuss specifics and that plans are "very preliminary." Neighbors who could be affected by the construction are invited to a private meeting this Thursday to learn more about the expansion "so we can talk with them about potential impacts and how to mitigate them," Hill said.
Hospital representatives will also share the expansion plans at a meeting with Community Board 6 and the Park Slope Civic Council on July 11. "There's going to be a certain amount of community input before we even show a design," Hill said.
A source with knowledge of the project said it will involve the demolition of several brownstones on Fifth Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. The hospital owns many of the properties surrounding its campus on Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street.
"It's the hospital's property so they deserve to develop their property, and it would be nice if they really did get community input that had some impact before putting shovels in the ground," a local resident who didn't want their name used said.