The first renderings for 405 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side have been posted on SLCE’s website; the building will be developed and occupied by Ronald McDonald House — which serves pediatric cancer patients — though plans have been on-hold for several years.
The Ronald McDonald House is currently located at 405 East 73rd Street; the charity’s move will be minor, keeping it on the Upper East Side. RMH’s website has additional details on the organization’s mission, but maintaining proximity to treatment facilities is crucial. At both its former and current location, patients are close to thirteen treatment facilities, providing access to some of the best healthcare in the world.
While the eastern edge of the Upper East Side has traditionally been a nexus for healthcare, local NIMBYs would rather scuttle plans for state-of-the-art facilities; the battle over Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new cancer treatment center was vigorously opposed by neighborhood activists, though Kettering’s facility was ultimately approved. Besides MSK’s new building, another outpost for New York Presbyterian will soon rise at 445 East 68th Street.
Renderings of the new Ronald McDonald House depict a 16-story structure that will be fairly simple, with aesthetics characterized by large, floor-to-ceiling windows. 405 East 60th Street traversed ULURP early last decade, and the site has all the allowances needed for the new development, though DOB permits were disapproved in 2008. Nevertheless, those documents revealed the new RMH will have slightly over 90,000 square feet of space, with 74 units.
Recent filings — approved on the 14th — indicate the existing 405 East 60th Street will see “facade and roof repairs,” possibly as a pre-cursor to demolition. No completion date for the re-development has been announced, but per SLCE, construction was initially planned for 2010.
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