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Parkway Hospital auctioned yet again

Process is ‘disrespectful’: Koslowitz

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Thu Aug 28, 2014.

For the second time this year, the defunct Parkway Hospital at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills has been auctioned off.

On Aug. 8, Auberge Grand Central, a Rego Park-based limited liability company, placed the winning $1 million bid on the former medical center, which closed in 2008, in Queens Civil Court.

In 2012, Auberge purchased Parkway Hospital’s mortgages for over $6 million and plans were released by Jasper Venture Group, a Manhattan-based real estate investment firm, in May for a condominium complex to replace the shuttered hospital.

When contacted by the Chronicle, a Jasper Venture Group employee forwarded all requests for comment to Auberge.

An official with the limited liability company said Tuesday that the person in charge of the Parkway Hospital site was on vacation and no one else at the firm had information on the property or the most recent auction.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) expressed her frustration over the slow-moving auctioning process on Wednesday.

“I just want this to happen already. The building looks disgusting, front and back,” Koslowitz said. “It’s disrespectful to the community because the building still remains looking terrible while this goes on.”

She said she is interested in meeting with the building’s new owners, something she is struggling to arrange.

“I’m trying to get a hold of the owners,” she said. “It’s really a difficult situation, everyone is very quiet about it.”

When the former hospital was first auctioned off in January, 70-35 113th Street LLC placed the winning $22 million bid. Koslowitz set up a meeting with the company’s representatives, but they arrived nearly two hours late and the councilwoman was unable to meet with them.

The firm was unable to come up with the money by the original closing date in February and the sale fell through.

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