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NYC reaches deal for St. Vincent's Hospital site

March 15, 2012 6:22:08 AM PDT
New York City has announced a deal that preserves a historic building and creates a new school on the site of a former Greenwich Village hospital.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the plan also calls for a reduction in the number of new apartments, funds for affordable housing and arts education in local schools.

It doesn't include a new hospital to replace the shuttered St. Vincent's.

Last year, a bankruptcy court approved the sale of the hospital to Rudin Management. The developer will turn the historic medical center into a walk-in emergency facility.

Community activists told The New York Times they still hoped for a full-service hospital. They said otherwise the deal addressed their concerns.

The plan needs approval from the City Planning Commission and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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