New MSBI will be seven stories

The site is now a vacant lot where a New York Eye and Ear Infirmary building once stood. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The downsizing and relocation of Mount Sinai Beth Israel took a step forward last week when the hospital filed an application to begin construction at its new site on East 13th Street, east of Second Avenue.

According to the filing, the new structure, with the address 315 East 13th Street, will be seven stories plus a cellar and a mechanical penthouse. As of this week, construction workers could be found at the site, now a vacant lot, next to Mount Sinai’s New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Workers were also doing renovations to the infirmary’s basement.

The filing was first reported by YIMBY, who noted that the lot, formerly a 14-story building that housed doctors and staff of the NYEE Infirmary, was demolished last August. The application was filed last Tuesday by the architect Jeffrey Brand of Perkins Eastman.

Construction site on East 13th Street east of Second Avenue

A spokesperson for Mount Sinai didn’t respond to a request for comment from Town & Village. However, in February representatives for Beth Israel told Community Board 6 that the hospital could be even smaller than originally planned due to some undiscovered usable space at Eye and Ear Infirmary. The plan had always been to have the two facilities share some space and have the new hospital hold 70 medical service beds. The old hospital has over 800, which Mount Sinai said have been mostly going unused.

Last December, the hospital also shared that it would be relocating its 150 psychiatric/behavioral health beds from the Bernstein Pavilion west of First Avenue near Beth Israel’s main campus to a new space on Rivington Street. Mount Sinai hasn’t stated its intentions for the Bernstein Pavilion, only saying that its initial plan to renovate the 60-year-old building wasn’t feasible.

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