BY LUIS GRONDA
It appears that the sand has gone through the hourglass for the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
With another delay in the renovation of the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association say that its Ambulance Corp. will likely have to shut down for good.
Speaking at its monthly meeting last Saturday, the civic group’s president, Martin Colberg, and Ed Wendell, also a member and the former president, said the latest delay in construction is bad news for the Ambulance Corp.
“All along we’ve been talking about what’s going to happen if this doesn’t get taken care of. That time has come. It’s done. The Ambulance Corp. is now starting the process to discuss about shutting down,” said Wendell, who said he has spoken to members of the organization.
The latest schedule to complete work at the building now takes it into February, with the deadline to complete the roof now set for Feb. 22, according to the Buildings Dept. According to a court order setting the schedule for the work, the deadline was previously set for Dec. 1.
Wendell said that despite fundraisers held by the WRBA to lend a hand to the organization, it appears that it was not enough.
“They’ve got no income coming in,” Wendell said. “We did a great job of buying them some time with our fundraisers, but I think we’ve hit that point of no return.”
Colberg expressed frustration of the legal process at the meeting last week, saying that while he understands that they may be limited by the law, something must eventually be done because the building’s future is important to Woodhaven.
“It seems like this judge would rather side with a slumlord than a community,” he said.
The head of the Ambulance Corp, Kathy Sexton-Dalby, has not responded to requests for comment as of press time.
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