The St. Vincent’s redevelopment—located on the corner of 11th Street and 7th Avenue—is well underway, with much of the old hospital now torn down. The building will be replaced with a total of 350 condominiums, and the new design—via Triplemint—is quite pleasant, conforming to the existing streetscape and mimicking the general pre-war style of the vicinity. Completion is expected in 2015.
The architects are working around four existing structures, and the plans are quite complex; incorporating the neighborhood’s history is important in creating proper context, and the new development will be much more aesthetically appealing than the old St. Vincent’s. In addition to the main buildings, five new townhouses will be built along 11th Street.
Activists in the neighborhood had fiercely opposed the project, arguing that the city absolutely needed the hospital space. In an ironic twist, other activists on the Upper East Side have continued their efforts to obstruct Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s new cancer center at the end of 61st Street. Obviously hospital space isn’t the actual issue—people are simply uncomfortable and resistant to change, whether it will improve a neighborhood or not.