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Medical Developer Plans to Have 60 Doctors at No. 6 Site

Facility will feature a “one-stop shopping medical experience” if proposal is given public approval.

The healthcare developer whose bid for Number Six School was accepted by the Lawrence Board of Education plans to open a “one-stop shopping medical” facility at the site with 60 primary care and specialist physicians if given public approval, according to a press release.

A few weeks ago, the board approved the $12.5 million bid from Simone Healthcare Development Group, a division of Simone Development Companies, which plans to build a medical facility there that would be leased and operated by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Our plans for the property will maintain the exterior while transforming the interior to house a state-of-the-art healthcare facility,” Joseph Simone, president of Simone Development, said in the press release. “We do plan to greatly enhance the landscaping, adding greenery that will blend in with the surrounding neighborhood. But the biggest change here will be to the inside of the property and the additional benefits it will bring to the community through the delivery of modern healthcare services, new tax revenue, and good jobs.”

Many residents of the school district met the board’s approval of the Simone bid with anger and frustration. They argue that the development of the medical facility would disrupt the current community climate, create traffic on Peninsula Boulevard and take away a large green space. Simone’s plan calls for replacing the ball fields with parking lots.

According to the Simone press release, the developer’s proposal “will not burden the site with an expansion of the footprint or overall size of the School 6 building.”

All pedestrian and vehicular entrances on Church Street and Ibsen Street will be closed off, and new entrances will be created along Peninsula Boulevard and Branch Boulevard, where the parking lot will be built, "to minimize effects on local residents," said Ben Weinstock, counsel for Simone Healthcare Development. The entrance of the building will face the parking lot. A traffic study is currently underway, Weinstock said.

The practice would include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, nephrology, neurology, OBGYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, plastic surgery, podiatry, rheumatology and vascular surgery. An urgent care center will also be on-site to treat urgent, non-life-threatening medical needs, the release says.

For Simone to go ahead with its plan, the community must approve its bid with a public referendum scheduled for March 20. It plans to hold several public forums on its plan.

Gail January 31, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I'm confused...building houses of worship, private schools, and great big 2-3 lot homes doesn't take away from the "green" of our neighborhood?
Gail January 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Last time I looked the 5 Towns included all of Inwood, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere (& No. Woodmere). Some of these Villages have substantial low income families. Get to know your neighbors.
phil February 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Carmela Soprano: "For too long, we've enjoyed surburbia with open space." If you don't like suburbia why not move to Queens or Brooklyn instead of hoping everything here gets paved over?
Carmela Soprano February 01, 2013 at 03:15 AM
We need a world class facility and we need an Urgent Care Center. I'm sure they will figure out the traffic issue, just like the gigantic warehouses on Rockaway Blvd. does not impact traffic. There are ways. As for jobs, I have 36 resumes from well educated, experienced professionals who are ready to go to work! Lots of Five Towns health care workers are waiting! They live locally! Hospital experience too!
Carmela Soprano February 01, 2013 at 03:17 AM
You're wrong about values. The bust real estate balloon did it in. Cedarhurst and Woodmere homes still go for more money than in other parts of the area. Don't blame it on a world-class medical multi-practice and Urgent Care Center. It's EXACTLY what we need!
Dov Herman February 01, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I see clearly that the people commenting in favor have an ax to grind with the 'orthodox" instead of having a well thought out logical discission.
Boo February 01, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Having a quality urgent healthcare facility in the neighborhood would not decrease home values in the area. It would be a comfort knowing there is a place close by in an emergency to go to and not sit in an over crowded e.r. for hours waiting for care. This is just another plan of the selfish orthodox to take over everything for themselves. We need this property to be on the tax roll to lessen the burden that all of the house of worships are causing by not paying taxes. Closing schools and cutting back on programs and supplies in them decreasing the quality of what was once a great school system is decreasing property values. And as far as "vindictive pigs" blaming the orthodox for the 5 towns going down the toilet that ship has already sailed and there is no satisfaction. There would only be suffering if this property is allowed to become another orthodox facility that pays no taxes instead of a thriving tax paying healthcare center that would serve the ENTIRE community!
James Rotenberg February 01, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Erynn....Pure poppycock!! Building any institution whether a Clinic, School, Yeshiva, Temple, or JCC will reduce property values in the IMMEDIATE vicinity of the site but often will enhance the value of living in the Community. This is the "NIMBY" effect so if you live in the immediate area surrounding #6 school, you have my sympathy. This is not a sectarian issue but a secular issue EXCEPT to the extent the Orthodox in the Community wish to defeat this bid through their bloc voting so they can benefit themselves at the expense of the general community by bringing in an Orthodox-serving institution. Their actions would equally reduce property values to those in the surrounding area, would increase school taxes by keeping a valuable piece of property off of the tax rolls and by receiving less of a purchase price. Shame on you....sacrificing the good of the general Community for the benefit of a segment is not Yiddishkeit.
Carmela Soprano February 01, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Go to www.guidestar.org and put in the zip code for 11516, 11559, 11096, 11598 and see how many non-profits are listed. Most you have never heard. Yes, registered to private homes.... tax exempt.
Carmela Soprano February 01, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Our local hospitals suck. Go on the DOH website and look up their scorecards. Awaiting a public statement from DOH regarding a comfirmed Hepatitis C case in a local operating room. Mount Sinai health care is welcome in my community any day.
Carmela Soprano February 01, 2013 at 10:49 PM
We need world class doctors and health care in the area. I get my piece of open space and surburbia on my property and at North Woodmere Park.
Carmela Soprano February 01, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Well said!
Richard Luck February 02, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Don't forget that Mt Sinai or was it Einstein hospital that had to shut its or's for infections of liver transplant patients. Both "world class" but they too have their issues
Carmela Soprano February 02, 2013 at 02:07 PM
In 2002 during its first year of the live donor liver transplantation program (before that they were from mortally ill organ donors), a brother/donor died post-operatively. It was attributed to lack of oversight by an experienced resident (the resident on this case was a first year resident). The hospital quickly turned around its practices and now puts 3rd year residents (at a minimum) on those cases and the patients are monitored by a nurse on a 4:1 basis. Otherwise, the transplantation program has been highly successful. It is the art and science of medicine that is practiced, especially as technology advances; not a perfect science. Mount Sinai has the best GI and Liver disease program in the world. Univ. of Pittsburgh has the longest in the country.
jenniegirl426 February 13, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I hate to burtst everyone's bubble but as someone who works at an area Hospital, directly with the physicians, this urgi care center is not what your community needs. It will increase traffic and take away from the suburban, community landscape that is there now. futher more, mount sinai does not have a lock on all of the top physicians in the area. the drs that are affiliated with LIJ are also on staff at St. John's, South Nassau, Mercy and Mt Sinai. There is equal distribution of both good and bad practitioners at all area facilities and in order to make money, they must admit and round in all facilities. This medical center is going to be all about turning a profit, not caring about people or patients. it is going to take business away from community physicians who have lived and worked in the area for years. And in the short term, it will win, because the all mighty dollar is what everyone sees at first, but in the long term, it will have a lot of empty space that they will need to rent out. and who will they rent it too?
airthurmellon February 13, 2013 at 05:08 PM
u rite beeotch!
i.e. instructor February 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
if simone has 13 million, perhaps they should take over a failing hospital and ratchet it up. i know it's sometimes easier to start over but we already have quality doctors and facilities here. Or what about this idea...let simone take over the property but every single empty lot should be made into a small greenspace and/or playground for the neighborhood (and i mean EVERYONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD) to enjoy on their dime.
anonymous February 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
At 13 million they are probably looking for a 1.3 million rental roll. For 60 docs that is about 20K per year rent. Easily obtainable. But yes; with the closing of several hospitals in Rockaway there will be a lot of lower income people. There is already a similar facility in the planning stages (including an ASC) in the old courthouse near the crossbay bridge.
millonimurn February 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM
cut this butch down now!
Carmela Soprano February 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Anonymous, you are right, except the proposed ASC (Ambulatory Surgical Center) is also putting in an Article 28 clinic on the premises, not an Urgent Care Center. I sat in on the Public Health Council meeting on February 7th. Between the Addabbo Centers and the proposed Article 28, Rockaway will have very decent coverage. The Urgent Care Center proposed in Woodmere will probably be private (similar to the one in Lynbrook), so they can take any insurance type they want to elect to take. They will not be required to take in charity or non-payment clients. It's still a tremendous win-win situation for the community. If you've ever been overwhelmed sitting in an Emergency Room at 8 AM on a Sunday with a painful earache or sore throat, you would completely understand the need for this facility. We need medical access in the Five Towns that rivals those who have numerous choices on the north shore.
Carmela Soprano February 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Greenspace? Go to North Woodmere. Failing hospital? Peninsula was sold and has to be gutted because of the flooding. The need for expanded health care in the Five Towns from a major, world renowned hospital would be wonderful. Why didn't North Shore/LIJ come up with this? For sure, we do not have quality hospitals in the area.
Carmela Soprano February 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Untrue. Physicians in the area, who are smart, will add their affiliations. Physician offices in the Five Towns feel the rent squeeze from their landlords too and will probably look for affiliations and space as well. The rental will be less than what is currently available. As someone who has been a professional health care provider in local health care for over 35 years, I see this is an excellent opportunity for physicians, the hospital and the community.
Carmela Soprano February 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Agreed.
Seth February 28, 2013 at 04:44 PM
How exactly does one walk in a manner that states "I own The Street"?! Is it the way they hold their heads? Their stride? Are they holding signs? Do you walk differently? Do you have special cognitive powers that allows you to ascertain what different manners of walk dictate about the attitude of the walker? Could it be there is simply no adequate sidewalk space or that on the Sabbath, there are much fewer cars on the road due to it being Saturday and the nature of the populace of the community?! Stop being so ignorant and admit that you just don't like "THEM" and everything else is an excuse to pin that baseless and small minded hatred on!
inwood queens Resident March 04, 2013 at 08:29 PM
After receiving a Racist Vote No mailer today anyone that is associated with The Community Coalition of The Five Towns should be hang there heads in shame. Their obvious use of a non Caucasian in the blurred image with OUR CHILDREN'S SAFETY IS AT STAKE. Has to be one of the most racist things I have ever seen.
ftptch March 04, 2013 at 08:45 PM
u got that 2???? ................my husband laughed @ itt...................................................we r moving @ end of the yr to my hustband's family in naother state but we will be sur 2 tell every1 2 vote YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! before we leave....................
inwood queens Resident March 05, 2013 at 10:38 PM
The Community Coaliion of the Five Towns is having a Meeting Just in case you didn't Know.. 5 March 2013 Save the date and tell friends to join our next information session at the Goldstein Residence, 6 Keewaydin Road in Lawrence, Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
inwood queens Resident March 07, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Community Coalition of the five towns has canceled the meeting Latest News 6 March 2013 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, OUR LAWRENCE INFO SESSION FOR THURSDAY NIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Frank Castle March 07, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Hey Inwood queen Ben Weinstock. This fight is over, Simone is pulling out, Mt Sinai does not want a center here any longer. Your not making any more money off this deal: http://5tjt.com/mt-sinai-reconsidering-woodmere-deal/
Frank Castle March 07, 2013 at 09:15 PM
The presentation portion by Simone Development scheduled for tonight's meeting at the Five Towns Community Center, 270 Lawrence Avenue, Lawrence has been cancelled.

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