FORT GREENE — The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Maynard Building is back on the market.
Broker Cushman and Wakefield released a request for proposals last week looking for a private developer to buy the 21-story tower at 240 Willoughby St., located right across from Fort Greene Park, according to Joan Clark, the hospital’s senior vice president of strategic planning.
“We do know the market is very prime in Downtown Brooklyn,” Clark said. “We’re looking forward to getting the best possible offers from developers.”
The Maynard Building currently houses the center's urgent care facility and doctor’s offices.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward building a new urgent care center, along with renovating critical patient floors in the main hospital campus and supplementing the hospital’s financial reserves, Clark said.
The hospital initially issued a request for proposals in 2014 to scout buyers for Maynard, but the plan was put on hold until now.
While the hospital is looking for the highest bidder, Clark said it’s also taking the community into consideration.
“Top dollar is important, but we’re also looking for a buyer who’s going to develop something that the community will find attractive,” Clark said.
The winning buyer will be able to replace the building, which is already zoned for residential use and has sweeping views of Manhattan, the East River and Fort Greene Park, with a taller structure due to unused air rights, according to Cushman and Wakefield.
The buyer will be able to build up to 331,500 square feet of space with its own private entrance to Fort Greene Park, according to the broker.
The deadline for bids is April 14.
Clark said the hospital is looking to sell the building this year, but will lease it from the buyer for another two or three years before moving into the new ambulatory care center.
Brooklyn Paper first reported the sale.