Kavanagh Tours Former Bellevue Psych Building
On July 20, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh joined other elected and City officials and their staffs, and community leaders, on a tour of the former Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital Building, on First Avenue at East 30th Street. The tour was arranged by the City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) so that Kavanagh and the other participants could learn more about the structural and functional condition of the building and how these might affect future uses that HHC, EDC, and the community have been discussing in preparation for the planned relocation of homeless shelter services that are currently located there. LaRay Brown, Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning, Community Health and Intergovernmental Affairs for HHC, conducted the tour, which comprised large portions of the third floor (dining services), the sixth floor (typical floor plan with dormitory rooms and offices), the second floor lobby, and the adjacent auditorium.
Discussions will continue regarding the feasibility and challenges of various potential uses—including a subacute care medical facility, which many in the community have expressed a desire to see included in plans for the site.