Brooklyn Hospital Center proposes $1B plan to redevelop 175-year-old facility

A local hospital that has been saving lives since the 1800s is now in need of some saving itself.
The Brooklyn Hospital Center is proposing a $1 billion plan to redevelop the facility so it can continue to serve the community.
It filed a preliminary application to begin public review of its plan to modernize the campus.
The proposal involves tearing down existing buildings and replacing them with new ones, calling for about 800,000 square feet for hospital use.
That will include building new cancer, ambulatory surgery and outpatient diagnostic centers, as well as expanding its emergency room, maternity ward and cardiac and breast cancer center facilities.
It also calls for new spaces that would be dedicated to offices for doctors and other health care professionals.
The proposal includes about 1,000 units of affordable housing along with mixed-income units to create new housing opportunities for hospital staff and other Brooklyn residents.
The hospital would build the new facility in stages in order to ensure it can continue to operate throughout construction, and the proposal will be reviewed by the city's public review and approval process.
It's a project that administrators say is essential to ensure the 175-year-old hospital can continue to remain operational, independent and financially viable.
The approval process of the billion-dollar plan could take about a year, and construction is expected to last about eight to 10 years.