Mayor de Blasio Asks SUNY to Scrap Winning LICH Bid; Re-Open Process

Crain’s reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio has aked SUNY ” to abandon talks with the top-scoring bidder for Long Island College Hospital and to instead open negotiations with ‘additional bidders.'” This follows numerous reports about the intentions of the winning bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners, including an earlier Crain’s story, based on e-mails among people involved in the deal, that they intended to build two 50 story residential towers on the Cobble Hill site, as well as doubts expressed about BHP’s ability to go forward with the hospital portion of the project given its lack of experience in New York and need to secure state Department of Health approval.

The Crain’s story notes that Jim Walden, the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP lawyer who represents the various civic groups striving to keep LICH open as a full service hospital, has said his clients believe “BHP deserves a fair shot” and that “We still hope BHP delivers.” To do so, it must come up with a $25 million down payment this week.

In any event, SUNY has announced that LICH will close on Thursday, May 22, whether or not a new owner is ready to take over.

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