April 23, 2019
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is going ahead with a $300-million project to add patient rooms and physician offices by building above FDR Drive, according to Crain’s New York Business. More than 10 years in the making, the plan has been stalled by lawsuits from neighbors who oppose it.
The 12-story structure, called the River Building, will be built between East 71st and East 72nd streets on a deck above the parkway. The new addition will increase the capacity of the hospital, providing extra space as it looks to renovate its main campus building on East 70th Street (pictured).
“The River Building is a critical component of continuing to protect, invest in and modernize our main campus,” HSS CEO Louis Shapiro told Crain’s. “Modernizing is sort of like trying to repave a New York City road: You need to shut down the road to pave it, and we can’t do that.”
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