New Palliative Care Facility Proposed for Lower East Side

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 at 6:10 am by
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Despite the imminent riverside gold rush at the hands of Extell (vis-a-vis Pathmark) and discussion of NYCHA infill, a much different development could be on the way. A polar opposite, if you will. On Wednesday evening, the Land Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 will hear the case [PDF] for construction of a 183,700 square-foot palliative care facility on South Street that acts as an enhanced assisted living residence for older adults.

There’s some back history with this particular location, though. HealthCare Chaplaincy seeks to modify the existing Large Scale Residential Development (“LSRD”) that was originally approved by the city back in May of 1972. The land targeted is a large chunk of parcel 5 of the since-expired Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area, which currently functions as parking lot. 

If ultimately approved, the healthcare facility will reach 206 feet (roughly 18 stories), and boast 120 assisted living units, a geriatric outpatient medical practice, chapel, and space for a non-profit commercial tenant. Most of the displaced parking spaces would be redistributed to an on-site garage and a newly created lot alongside the perimeter, plus the addition of 45 new spots. Furthermore, the South Street frontage would be lined with landscaping. It’s also important to note that the facility will not affect Rutgers Park.

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Below is the profile of HealthCare Chaplaincy, nabbed from their official website:

HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York is the leading multifaith organization for the integration of spiritual care within health care and palliative care through research, professional education and clinical practice. It provides professional chaplaincy services—one of the most cost-effective resources to increase patient, family, and staff satisfaction—in major metro New York hospitals and long-term care facilities. Since 1961 it has helped close to 6 million patients, loved ones and hospital staff find meaning and comfort – whatever their beliefs, values or culture. It is developing the National Center for Palliative Care Innovation, including an enhanced assisted living residence. Palliative care is care for the whole person. It relieves suffering and matches informed treatment choices to the patient’s and family’s goals and values.

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