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Parkway Hospital auctioned off in Jan.

An LLC bought the long vacant Forest Hills building for $22 million

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:30 am

For the first time in more than five years, there is movement regarding the site of the former Parkway Hospital.

The abandoned structure at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills was quietly put on the auction block on Jan. 10, with the winning $22 million bid submitted by 70-35 113th Street LLC, according to published reports.

The limited liability company that placed the winning offer has not yet registered with the Division of Corporations of the New York State Department of State as of Wednesday, and the Borough President’s Office and community leaders were unaware of the auction until Monday.

Michael Scholl, the spokesman for Borough President Melinda Katz, confirmed that the auction occurred, but that the sale is not final and no filings have been submitted by the new owners yet.

“We actually just got a call today about it,” Scholl said on Monday. “We can confirm, however, that the building did go up for auction on Jan. 10.

“The sale has not closed yet, the new owners still have 30 days to close,” Scholl said. “There have been no filings yet and as of now, we’re just waiting to see what the new owners have planned.”

The former hospital is located in a R1-2A zoning district, allowing for strictly residential development.

The new owners and how the building will be used in the future are unknown.

The hospital’s appearance has degraded significantly since it closed its doors in 2008.

Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio called the building an “eyesore” last week and expressed frustration over the apparent lack of progress at the site.

“It’s unsightly,” he said. “I’m just as upset with it as everyone else is. People are calling the office about it. It’s a horrible site.”

Forest Hills Civic Association President Barbara Stuchinski agreed with Gulluscio, believing the building is in dire need of repair.

“The building is an eyesore,” Stuchinski said. “It should be removed or renovated.”

Scholl said last week that the city is willing to send in a graffiti team to clean up the site should the owners allow it.

Before the hospital shut its doors for good, Dr. Robert Aquino, its former CEO, tried to keep the hospital open by bribing former state Sen. Carl Kruger, leading to both men being sentenced to prison time in 2012.

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