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Shuttered TB Hospital to Become Community Based Around Healthy Living

By Nicholas Rizzi | August 16, 2016 4:10pm
 The city announced plans to be a mixed-use wellness community, the Sea View Healthy Community, on Staten Island.
The city announced plans to be a mixed-use wellness community, the Sea View Healthy Community, on Staten Island.
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New York City Economic Development Corporation

WILLOWBROOK — The city's first publicly funded wellness community — a  neighborhood with retail shops, medical facilities and affordable housing focused on residents' health — is taking over a shuttered tuberculosis hospital on Staten Island.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation announced plans to build the mixed-use development Sea View Healthy Community with medical, retail, residential and community spaces on more than 90-acres of land at the former Sea View Hospital.

"Sea View Healthy Community is not just the first health-focused, mixed-use campus in the city, it will be the first publicly planned and supported healthy community in the country," EDC president Maria Torres-Springer said in a statement.

"This extraordinary project will improve the quality of life for thousands of Staten Islanders, and keep New York City as a national leader in pioneering approaches to public health."

Earlier this year, the EDC and the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation completed a master plan to transform the landmarked Sea View buildings into the proposed wellness community.

The plans call for new residential buildings for seniors and people with disabilities, hiking and bike trails, plazas, medical office space and more, the EDC said.

The wellness community could also include a mix of health-focused retail stores like grocers, community farms and farm-to-table restaurants.

"Today marks a tangible step forward and demonstrable proof that we have moved from what was once merely a vision crafted when I got to Borough Hall in 2014 to a priority project for the de Blasio Administration," Borough President James Oddo said in a statement. 

"This community of care is going to happen and Staten Island will be a much healthier place because if it."

The planned mixed-use development will take over the space on Brielle Avenue.

The hospital opened in 1913 to treat tuberculosis patients and was the site of the first clinical trials for the hydrazides treatment that eventually led to the cure of the disease, according to the EDC.

After tuberculosis was cured, the hospital gradually started to close in the late 1950s.

The 40 buildings were landmarked by the city in 1985 and less than half of them are currently used by various agencies and tenants, the EDC said.

The city plans to release a request for expression of interest to find interested developers for the Sea View Healthy Community in late 2016.