Beep: Red Hook nursing home plan doesn’t float

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This plan doesn’t swim.

Borough President Adams took a hard line against a proposal to build a nursing home in Superstorm Sandy-ravaged Red Hook, recommending the city not approve it because it would put too many seniors in harms way and doesn’t provide an adequate emergency evacuation plan.

The Beep’s report, dated March 8, says Oxford Nursing Home’s plan to build a $65-million facility with an urgent care center on Conover Street between Sullivan and King streets needs to take a hard look at how tough it would be to move dozens of senior citizens out of harm’s way when another storm the likes of Sandy arrives.

“This proposal has the potential to result in devastating impacts on the 200 elderly who are likely to require substantial assistance in the even of an evacuation,” the report states.

Additionally, Adams claimed that right now more than 1,400 nursing home beds in Brooklyn sit inside flood zones — 11 percent of all beds — and Oxford, whose new facility would replace one located outside a flood zone on South Oxford Street in Fort Greene, should consider a new site that is not threatened by rising tides.

Adams also pointed out that the zoning change required to get the building constructed would open the door to massive, out-of-context high-rise development in low-rise Red Hook, allowing buildings to go as tall as 110 feet in an area where none are nearly that tall.

“Such possible height on the properties that are not in the applicant’s ownership, as well as the eight- to nine-stories proposed for the combined skilled nursing facility and ambulatory diagnostic facility are out of context with the existing structures,” the Beep wrote.

In response to concerns raised at a public hearing in December about the influx of traffic the center would bring to the area, Adams said developers must nix plans to include an urgent care center since it is located too far away from public transportation and would only be accessible by people with vehicles.

Additionally, the 52- car parking garage on Sullivan Street — a one-way stretch located across from newly built residential buildings — must be relocated to King Street to increase traffic flow.

Adams made his determination on the project after Community Board 6 approved it with certain provisions, including the agreement that the developer not flip the property after being granted a zoning change, and neighborhood residents get first crack at the opportunity to work or use the facility.

Oxford estimates the facility will employ at least 100 people, and house up to 200.

The Beep’s opinion is only advisory, and may be considered by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals before going to the Council for approval.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ted from Park Slope says:
Gee, I wonder who wants that piece of property that the nursing home folks bought so many years ago...? And why is BP Adams doing these shady folks' dirty work? None of those "reasons" makes any sense at all!

The site is at the very northern edge of Red Hook, so if an evacuation were necessary, that's an ideal spot. Red Hook only has the Adobo Center, which closed and abandoned the people during Sandy, so the medical center is a big win, and Red Hook is not so big that you would require a car to get to it! I think it would also be about 3 blocks from the new ferry landing as well, but maybe Adams hasn't heard about that!

And I can't believe that anyone is asking for a full scale zoning change! I believe the owners have redesigned the building and lopped off a floor or two, so it should be totally within the zoning for that part of Red Hook! And if they needed anything it would be a partial variance at most. Look at the picture, it's 7 stories tall at the very very most, and that is less than half the height of the old shipping warehouses that are being converted to luxury condos 3 blocks from the proposed site! And Red Hook East and West both have buildings that are 12 stories tall, or doesn't that count?

What's the real story on this, and when will it show up on a campaign donation report, if ever?
March 11, 2016, 2:12 pm
BrooklynSandy says:
Ted, with all due're barking up the wrong tree. BP Adams has it exactly ulterior motives need be ascribed.

Here's the"real story":

This owner/operator has a C.V that you would not want as recommendation for your own frail aging loved one:

Vulnerable elders may be subjected to inadequate oversight...along with a historical likelihood of excessive antipsychotic use to compensate for under-staffing within their original Ft Greene Oxford facility noted in the following link.

And this, in which the same operator has been noted:

"Consider three homes in the Bronx. The operator of the Laconia Nursing Home, which receives 90 percent of its revenues from Medicaid, earned $3 million in salary and profit."

There is much more...and all of us need to understand the Nursing Home and Assisted Living Residence racket which is abetted by the inept NY State Department of Health and the corruption...not of the Borough President...but of those in Albany that allow these owner/ facto real estate interests... to keep getting licenses ...never get enforcements...and continue to be predators to the most vulnerable.

Finally and with apologies for this over long comment...Here's the point...if New York State (the Dept of Health) in its failure to stop bad actors who harm our loved ones in their vulnerability will not own it...there is NO EXCUSE for our local legislators to pass the buck. And, if I may say so, reward malfeasance by a rezoning on behalf of a questionable owner. The guilt is on us...and the buck stops here.

March 11, 2016, 6:07 pm
George from Williamsburg says:
One of the reasons senior housing was located in areas such as the Rockaways and Coney Island was because the elderly do not require mobility as much as others.

The flooding argument is real and should apply not just to the elderly, unless a definitive plan to deal with flooding is put into place, which has not yet happened.
March 12, 2016, 8:46 am
Ted from Park Slope says:
Sandy, you are drawing information from 2 stories: one is 3 years old and quotes 2 nursing homes with no declared selection criteria but then says they operated like everybody else and no criminal charges were ever leveled, and the other one is 11 years old! And then you level these explosive vague charges about the evil officials who allow this stuff, when all you're offering is cherry picked really, really old articles about practices put together and approved by the medical community! According to your argument we shouldn't have nursing homes or hospitals because you can't trust anybody! How many of your relatives are you taking care of, unless your law practice gets in the way?

This is still about BP Adams trying to prevent the owner of property from using the land they bought and using it as it is currently permitted. If he's offering to buy the land at a good mark up from his personal funds, let him do it. But don't use politics and bully pulpit to bankrupt people and put their staff out of work!
March 12, 2016, 4:09 pm
Soured from Red Hook says:
Ted, Bankrupt? I like you, you're funny.
March 13, 2016, 10:34 am
BrooklynSandy says:
Ted...nothing predicts future behavior as much as past impunity...ownership must be taken for failures of integrity-especially on behalf of frail people who cannot speak for themselves adequately. Rewarding bad actors (in this case with rezoning) seems to fly in the face of logic....and if your parent had been one of those unnecessarily over-medicated..I don't believe you would consider it "cherry-'picking".

You might wish to understand that those purported state managers overseeing the protection of the vulnerable -aka the Department of Health-are in too many cases-state sponsors of abuse to the disabled elderly-whether by dint of inept oversight or de facto complicity with lobby groups such as Leading Age. Leading Age's counselors are Hinman Straub and proudly proclaim that they 'consult' with Assembly Members and State Senators who write accommodative laws. Leading Age represents Nursing Home & Assisted Living Residence owners...they do NOT represent the growing population of aging New Yorkers...their own self-interest is evident.

Ted, you might like to open this link to a ProPublica article in which the harsh revelations about the state commission on "character and competency" evaluation has been such an abysmal...and dangerous failure:

The DOH, btw is famous for not exacting penalties and for not enforcing infractions...that standard is hardly a criteria for exoneration...

Don't believe me...believe State Comptroller DiNapoli:
March 13, 2016, 4:31 pm

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