Plans for 74th Street Site Approved by City Planning Commission
Memorial Sloan-Kettering and The City University of New York/Hunter College continue to move forward with plans to develop an outpatient cancer care facility and education complex on East 74th Street and the FDR Drive. Our plans for the new complex were unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission at its August 21 Public Hearing.
The City Planning Commission reviewed plans for the two buildings at several public meetings and carefully considered public input before reaching its decision. Public testimony was encouraged and received at the hearing, including a letter of support for the project from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
"We appreciate the significant effort the City Planning Commission expended to review and ultimately approve our application. Their unanimous vote in favor of the project will prove to benefit countless cancer patients in the future," said Craig Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
"We're pleased that the New York City Planning Commission recognized the value that creating a state-of-the-art science and nursing facility will have not only for our students, but also for all New Yorkers," said Iris Weinshall, CUNY's Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management. "The public will benefit from better health care and the stronger economy that our creative and well trained graduates will build."
"We are delighted that the New York City Planning Commission showed their support for this collaborative project," said Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab. "We are glad to continue and expand on Hunter College's legacy of training a highly diverse student population within the science and health professions. Our graduates will be well prepared to take on a greater role in changing the way health care is delivered in New York City."
The Planning Commission's action will be submitted for review by the City Council, which is expected to occur in early fall 2013.