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Condos planned for Parkway Hospital site

Jasper Venture Group also intends to ‘increase’ the structure’s size

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu May 22, 2014.

Six years after closing its doors to patients, the former Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills may soon be welcoming residents.

The Manhattan-based Jasper Venture Group has “captured” the defunct medical center site and plans to build condominiums at the location, according to a press release from the real estate investment firm.

The release also indicates the group plans to expand the former hospital, which sits on a spacious 107,142-square-foot lot.

“Though the hospital is over 100,000 square feet, Jasper wants to increase its size,” the firm said. “Rebuilding condominiums from the ground up will breathe new life into the idle site.”

When contacted by the Chronicle, a spokesman for the Jasper Venture Group declined to comment on the purchase or the potential reconstruction plans for the structure, saying, “We cannot disclose that information right now.”

The Parkway Hospital site went up for auction on Jan. 10 and a winning bid was submitted, but the sale fell through in March, leaving the future of the graffiti-covered building unknown.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and area community leaders have all expressed frustration over the lack of progress at the site in recent months, with Koslowitz calling the site “terrible.”

“We have a disgusting looking building that could be put to good use,” the councilwoman said in March.

She also expressed her desire to see senior housing at the site, something Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio and Forest Hills Civic Association President Barbara Stuchinski have advocated for as well.

“I would just love to see senior housing there,” Koslowitz said. “I’ve been an advocate of that for years now.”

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