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SUNY Sustainability Plan: Sell or Close LICH

May 30, 2013

SUNY has released its Sustainability Plan, which focuses on preserving its teaching function at University Hospital of Brooklyn while seeking to share or transfer health care responsibilities with or to other Brooklyn hospitals and clinics and to home health care, according to The Wall Street Journal:

The proposal doesn’t guarantee that LICH will remain open, although SUNY officials and a nurses union representative said potential operators had stepped up to take over the struggling Cobble Hill institution. A Wall Street Journal analysis of the plan estimates SUNY would need to spend nearly $130 million for the LICH transfer.

NY1 quotes SUNY Downstate President John Williams as saying they are “talking to…five institutions” that may have an interest in taking over management of LICH. According to an analysis of the Sustainability Plan prepared by the Cobble Hill Association, the first mention of LICH in the Plan occurs in a footnote that says:

SUNY will review all responses received to the request for information and determine the most expeditious and financially responsible course of action to enable Downstate to exit from the operation of the Long Island College Hospital facility.

The Plan must be reviewed by the State Department of Health, which may approve it or send it back for revision.

Update: Homer’s cousin/former Cobble Hill Ass’n prexy Jeff Strabone analyzes the plan here:

Breakdown of the Sustainability Plan

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Wall Street Journal Offers Profile Of “Charming” Cobble Hill

March 24, 2012

“When it comes to charming brownstone Brooklyn characteristics, Cobble Hill has pretty much got all the key requirements covered.” That’s the opening of an 850-word expose profiling Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood that appeared in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.

The piece by Joseph De Avila offers a complimentary persona of the nabe’s “tree-lined blocks, stately townhomes and highly regarded schools,” while boasting that it’s become “a tough place to buy a home. Over the past decade, Cobble Hill has become one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The arrival of new families into the historically Italian-American community has been followed by scores of new restaurants, bars and boutiques.”

In addition, the Journal reports, “More recently, Cobble Hill’s popularity has led it to become one of the most competitive neighborhoods in Brooklyn to buy residential property. When the rare townhome hits the market, it tends to get bought up quickly. Large three-bedroom condos are also quick sellers.” The current median asking price for Cobble Hill homes is $875,000 according to real-estate site StreetEasy. In Boerum Hill to the east it is $968,000 million, and in Brooklyn Heights to the north, it is $825,000.

The story also describes Cobble Hill’s parks, schools, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Read the piece here.

(Photo: Wall Street Journal)

Source: Cobble Hill Blog

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