With seven weeks till the referendum vote scheduled for March 20, Simone Development has released its first rendering of their proposed development of the number #6 school. Subject to voters’ approval, Simone Development , a noted major healthcare developer, and whose bid, $12.5 million, was higher than three others including, Shulamith Yeshivah, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach and the Jewish Community Center, plans to lease the property to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, who would operate the facility. In addition to being the highest bid, Simone Development’s proposed use is the only project of the four that would go on the tax rolls and generate $1 million in annual property taxes for the school district. The Jewish Star reported in the January 25 issue that the JCC is actively pursuing a new location in the Five Towns and is in the process of bidding.
The proposed plans, which keeps the exterior of the existing building unchanged and not enlarged, would be home to the 60 doctor, 30 specialty health care facility and an urgent care center. The facility will be a “unique advanced ambulatory care center,” noted Dr. Simeon Schwartz, a Mt. Sinai consultant. “It is coordinated efficient quality care. Coordinated because doctors share both a physical location and a common electronic record. On the quality side, the new facility has the necessary computerized analytical systems that can measure quality. Mt. Sinai will provide improved access for complicated services at their Manhattan campus.