Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NYC Economic Development Corp President Kyle Kimball Visits Decommissioned Roosevelt Island Goldwater Hospital Today - It's Future Home Of Cornell NYC Tech But Cornell and RIOC Still Have No Deal For Land

 Image of Goldwater Hospital

New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Kyle Kimball visited Roosevelt Island's decommissioned Goldwater Hospital today before it is to be demolished to make way for the new Cornell NYC Tech campus. Mr. Kimball tweets his visit:

More on the Goldwater Hospital patients transfer from the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp.
... This week marks the beginning of one era at HHC and the end of another,” said Mr. Aviles. “The relocation brings the first patients to the new Carter Hospital while representing the end of patient services at Goldwater, a facility that opened in 1939. It was a monumental effort to move this vulnerable patient population, and I applaud everyone who planned the operation for months and who during the move for the last two days devoted themselves to the safety and comfort of our patients.”

On Sunday, November 24, 114 of the most critically ill patients, most of whom rely on ventilators for respiration, were transported to the Long Term Acute Care Hospital section of Henry J. Carter. On Monday, November 25, 114 additional Goldwater patients were transported to the Skilled Nursing Facility section of Carter. Both days’ moves were scheduled to accommodate patient needs while avoiding traffic delays to the greatest extent possible....
and this video from last July of Goldwater patients and workers testifying about their fears and concerns on the hospital's closing.

I reported November 25 on Goldwater's last day

 and the:
... relocation of patients from Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island to the new Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility at Park Avenue and East 122nd Street in Manhattan....

... The patients are being transferred in anticipation of Goldwater Hospital being demolished for the coming of the Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech campus....

... the deal to build Cornell NYC Tech on Roosevelt Island is still not done. Cornell and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) are still in negotiations over the section of proposed Goldwater site that RIOC and not NYC controls....
The demolition of Goldwater Hospital is scheduled for early 2014. The question remains whether a negotiated deal between Cornell and RIOC will be done by that time.The negotiations are still continuing. Among the items being negotiated is how much money, if anything, Cornell will pay RIOC for the Goldwater Hospital

land which RIOC controls that is part of the planned Cornell NYC Tech

 Image From Cornell NYC Tech (credit Kilograph)
campus. RIOC controls the land that is outside 5 feet from the perimeter of existing Goldwater Hospital buildings.

Yesterday, a scheduled meeting of the RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee to discuss the status of the Cornell negotiations was cancelled and rescheduled for later this week. According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors previously scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2013 has been rescheduled and will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Chair’s Motion for Executive Session for Update on Current Negotiations Regarding Cornell NYC;

2. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee
Stay tuned!