Meals on Wheels Files Plans for Building at Abandoned Seaview Hospital on Staten Island

New Meals on Wheels building, rendering by Rampulla Associates ArchitectsNew Meals on Wheels building, rendering by Rampulla Associates Architects

The abandoned tuberculosis sanatorium at the Seaview Hospital campus on Staten Island may finally get a new neighbor. Meals on Wheels of Staten Island has filed plans to develop a two-story building in the northeast corner of the century-old hospital complex.

The nonprofit hopes to build a 22,802-square-foot structure at a new address, 460Z Brielle Avenue. It’ll have 20,386 square feet of community facilities and 2,400 square feet of commercial space.

The plans call for a Kosher kitchen in the cellar, the main kitchen and a volunteer lounge on the first floor, and offices for organization on the second floor. They also filed applications for a separate, four-story garage.

Rampulla Associates Architects are designing the new facility, which will sit inside the New York City Farm Colony – Seaview Hospital Historic District. It took Meals on Wheels two tries to get approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, after commissioners deemed their first design too modern to fit in with the surviving Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival buildings. The new development will have a brick base, a limestone-clad upper story, double-hung windows, and a rounded corner that mirrors one of the crumbling hospital buildings.

It appears that none of the abandoned buildings – which include the 1930s Children’s Hospital and the Spanish Mission-style kitchen and dining hall – will be demolished to make way for new development. If the group was going to knock down any old structures, the LPC would have to approve demolition plans first.

Sadly, several historic buildings will bite the dust across the street at the Farm Colony. Developer Raymond Masucci will demolish five 19th century buildings and rehab five others, as part of his plan to develop a condo project for seniors. The project, called Landmark Colony, will include three new six-story apartment buildings and 14 multi-unit townhouses.

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