BY LUIS GRONDA
Parkway Hospital is back on the auction block.
The Forest Hills building that used to house the hospital will be up for sale again, in an auction scheduled for July 11, according to PropertyShark.com, a real estate database website.
Earlier this year, the company that was bidding on the property, listed as 70-35 113th Street Holdings LLC, bid $22 million on a foreclosure sale and paid a 10 percent down payment on the property.
However, the company failed to pay the rest of the money owed and the building is now available for bidding once again. The company missed deadlines to pay the rest of the money that was set by Joseph Risi, the referee assigned to the property sale.
At a recent Community Board 6 meeting, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) said that she is “fed up” with the situation because of the delays in getting the property sold.
“The building looks disgusting and I would like to see it cleaned up at least,” she said.
The six-floor building has a R1-2A zoning code, according to the Dept. of City Planning, which is for one-family homes, but with the ability to house an institution.
Koslowitz said she will try to make sure that whatever ends up occupying that building benefits the area overall.
“We don’t want a homeless shelter or something that will be a blight to a community,” she said.
Koslowitz said her office has been trying to get in contact with the current owner of the building, Jasper Venture Group, but so far they have gotten no response.
When reached by phone, a representative from Jasper declined to comment, only saying they have “nothing else to add to the story,” before hanging up on a reporter.
Risi also has not returned several phone calls seeking comment on the building’s situation.
Parkway was a privately-owned hospital until the New York State Commission on Healthcare Facilities mandated that it close down. The facility fought in court to stay open, but it lost that battle in 2008, finally shuttering its doors. It has been vacant since that time and fallen into disrepair.
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