The city Department of Buildings this week denied the owner of the St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth permits to build warehouses on the vacant property.
Public records indicate the DOB disapproved Maspeth Development LLC’s plans to erect storage facilities on one-fourth of the 1.5-acre land near the corner of 57th Drive and 58th Street.The lot formerly housed the 19th century St. Saviour’s Episcopal church and parsonage and nearly 200 trees.
Newtown Historical Society President Christina Wilkinson hailed the latest news as an opportunity.
“I’m happy, because it gives the elected officials a little more time to convince the owners that selling the property to the city is in everyone’s best interest,” she said.
Civic activists and area politicians have for years been pushing for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to purchase the lot and turn it over to the Parks Department. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall secured a collective $1.5 million in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget to acquire the land, but Maspeth Development’s asking price is believed to be well in excess of what Crowley and Marshall were able to get.
— Michael Cusenza