Beginning Wednesday, bidders interested in purchasing the 20-building hospital complex, located in the heart of booming brownstone Brooklyn, have 15 business days – until March 19 at 3 p.m. – to submit their best proposals. Evaluators will have until March 26 to consider and rank the proposals.
All interested bidders are required to attend a presentation at the SUNY College of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street, on Monday, March 3 at 5 p.m. Mandatory site visits take place March 4 and 5.Questions are due March 11 by 5 p.m.; answers will be provided on March 14.The complete RFP is posted online at http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/.
The RFP was issued after state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes gave his final approval on Monday to a sweeping settlement between SUNY, the state Department of Health, and a coalition of LICH supporters including six community groups, patients, Public Advocate Letitia James, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Physicians for LICH, and 1199SEIU.Keep your eyes open and your fingers crossed. There's still a lot of work to be done to keep LICH alive in a form that suits the community.