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Forest Hills’ Parkway Hospital sale falls through

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz angered by the site’s appearance

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Thu Mar 27, 2014.

It appears as if the only changes coming to the former Parkway Hospital building in the near future will be additional frustration and new layers of graffiti.

According to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), 70-35 113th Street Holdings LLC, the limited liability company that placed the winning $22 million bid during a Jan. 10 auction for the building, did not go through with the sale, leaving the site’s future uncertain.

Koslowitz says she was due to meet with the winning bidders a few weeks ago, but the meeting was canceled after their tardiness caused a scheduling conflict.

“I requested to meet with the people who bought it, but they came to my office two hours late and I had a meeting in the city to run to,” Koslowitz said. “I’m still searching to see what can be done about this. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it.”

As of press time on Wednesday, the company had yet to file with the Division of Corporations of the New York State Department of State.

While the reason why the sale fell through is unknown, the eyesore the graffiti-covered vacant building has become is infuriating to the councilwoman and the community.

“We have a disgusting looking building that could be put to good use. It’s terrible,” she said. “I want whoever is responsible for the building to help clean it up.”

Published reports say the building could potentially go up for auction once again.

Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio told the Chronicle last month that numerous residents have called to complain about the building’s unsightly appearance.

Both Gulluscio and Forest Hills Civic Association President Barbara Stuchinski have advocated in recent months for senior housing to be established at the site of the former hospital, which is zoned R1-2A for strictly residential use.

On Tuesday, Koslowitz echoed that opinion, calling senior housing the preferred option for the site.

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

Parkway Hospital closed its doors in 2008 and its former CEO, Dr. Robert Aquino, was sentenced to prison time in 2012 after attempting to bribe former state Sen. Carl Kruger to keep the hospital open.

The site was also scheduled to go up for auction last June but was pulled off the market shortly beforehand.

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