There’s a chance the city could acquire the empty St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth within the next year, according to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.
In a letter addressed last week to Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden, Benepe indicated that the landowners, Maspeth Development LLC, have “finally signaled their willingness to negotiate for the sale of all or a portion of their property.”
Benepe, responding to Holden’s request on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg, was cautiously optimistic. Funds to help acquire the site were secured for fiscal year 2011 through the offices of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), but Benepe said “we must still go through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in order to obtain authorization for the acquisition of the real property.” The Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which handles real estate transactions on behalf of the city, has “been in touch with the owners,” Benepe reported.
Community activists have been pushing for the space to be turned into city parkland since the church and parsonage were removed over the past three years.
— Michael Cusenza