SUNY neglects DOB permit in Cobble Hill
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued a Stop Work Order at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, where SUNY is performing construction work without a permit.
SUNY has said it is preparing the former ER space for NYU, which will be operating a “walk-in ER” there starting in September.
According to DOB, SUNY Downstate, under the name Downstate at LICH Holding Company, constructed a 16’ x 25’ plywood exterior wall around the Emergency Department’s loading dock.
Neighbors, who complained over the past weeks about “dumpster after dumpster” full of debris being removed from the former LICH ER despite the lack of a demolition permit, speculated that SUNY had built the wall because “. . .they don't want people to see what they deliver or what they take out.”
Neighbors sent photos to the Brooklyn Eagle of workers dumping loads of debris into garbage removal trucks. One of those photos is posted here.
A DOB inspector wrote that he or she was unable to gain access to the hospital, located at 339 Hicks St., on the first visit on July 31. After a visit by a second inspector, a full Stop Work Order was issued on August 1. The DOB violation number is 080114C06JL01 (also listed as 080614C06MN01). A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.
SUNY applied on July 17 for a permit to do electrical work, but according to the DOB website, the application has not yet been approved.
David Doyle, spokesperson for SUNY, told the Eagle on July 11, “Planning for NYU to assume operations by September 1st with expanded services requires site preparation including upgrades and installing new equipment.”
Fortis Property Group is buying LICH from SUNY for development, but the deal has not received all the necessary approvals yet.