New York hospital seeks to rezone medical center to build $40M medical arts building — 5 insights

Oceanside, N.Y.-based South Nassau Communities Hospital is seeking the Long Beach zoning board's approval for its $40 million outpatient medical facility proposal, Newsday reports.

What you should know:

1. The hospital wants to build an outpatient medical facility on the site of former Long Island, N.Y.-based Long Beach Medical Center. Hurricane Sandy destroyed Long Beach Medical Center in 2012.

2. The proposed 15,000-square-foot outpatient medical facility will have 18 exam rooms and two procedure rooms. Physicians would perform radiology, primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, internal medicine, podiatry, cardiology and urology services.

3. South Nassau Communities Hospital needs to rezone the property from residential to medical use.

4. The city of Long Beach denied the hospital's building permit June 13, on the grounds the property formerly housed "medical offices for outpatient services."

The hospital argued: "The area in question has been used for hospital and medical offices for decades, so this is really a ministerial application to bring the zoning up, as allowed by the City of Long Beach, to match the historical use of the property."

5. South Nassau Communities Hospital operates an existing freestanding emergency room on the site. The ER would not be part of the outpatient medical facility.

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