Plans for a Lenox Hill Hospital expansion have been in the works for sometime now, and renderings show a 41-story residential building on part of the hospital’s Upper East Side property. This 490-foot-tall condominium tower will sit on the corner of East 76th Street and Park Avenue and include about 200 units, while a second 30-story tower will be built on the opposite Park Avenue corner at East 77th Street. This structure will include a “mother-baby” hospital wing as well as operating rooms, patient rooms, and programmable shared community spaces. The proposal calls for a total of 1.3 million square feet, up from the hospital’s current 780,000 square feet at 100 East 77th Street.
As reported in Westview News, the financial weight of overhauling Lenox Hill made the project nearly impossible to accomplish without “monetizing” part of the hospital’s real estate. The residential tower was added so “we could offset costs for rebuilding Lenox Hill,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health.
The project has been broken up into three phases to allow for the continued operation of hospital facilities while the new development is constructed. It is unclear when construction will begin or when the expansion is expected to be completed. Northwell Health revealed the renderings in early March and presented them to the community approximately 2 months ago.