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200-Bed Nursing Home Plan For Red Hook To Undergo Public Review

By Nikhita Venugopal | November 30, 2015 2:01pm
 A rendering of the proposed nursing home at 141 Conover St. in Red Hook.
A rendering of the proposed nursing home at 141 Conover St. in Red Hook.
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Conover King Realty, LLC

RED HOOK — An eight-story, 200-bed nursing home proposed for Red Hook will be reviewed Thursday by Community Board 6's land use committee at a public hearing.

Oxford Nursing Home is hoping to build the facility at 141 Conover St. to replace its current operation at 144 South Oxford St. in Fort Greene.

The brand new 157,500 square-foot building between Sullivan and King streets would consist of long-and short-term bed space, about 50 parking spaces and an urgent care center that will be open to the community, project attorney Howard Weiss, of Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron said. 

The projected budget for development of both the nursing home and the healthcare center is roughly $65 million, Weiss said.

However the property must undergo a rezoning through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure since it is currently zoned for manufacturing. Oxford is seeking a zoning map amendment, zoning certification and a special permit that would allow it to build the nursing home on the site, which is currently used as service lots for private transportation companies.

The CB6 public hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in P.S. 27, located at 27 Huntington St. The CB6 land use committee will also make its advisory recommendation at the meeting.

After details of the new nursing home first emerged in June, the project's team held meetings with local stakeholders, leaders and community groups for input. 

"There were concerns that were raised about the design and the height of the building," Weiss said.

As a result of that feedback, the height of the building was lowered by one story and some design aspects of the building were modified, he added.

Some residents also raised concerns about whether the structure would be able to withstand future storms like Hurricane Sandy, which devastated Red Hook. Weiss said it will "probably be one of the most resilient buildings in the Red Hook community."

Through the ULURP process, the project would require approvals from the City Planning Commission and CIty Council. Construction is expected to begin late next year.