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Hospital building set to be housing

Plan in early stages; CB 12 leader wants more health facilities in area

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Thu Dec 5, 2013.

Amidst some disappointment from Community Board 12 leaders, the property at 150-13 89th Ave., formerly the Mary Immaculate Hospital, is set to become a residential facility, according to its owner, Meyer Chetrit.

Following its bankruptcy in 2009, the hospital was sold in an auction to Guttman Realty for $26.6 million, after which sole ownership went to Chetrit a few weeks later. When news of the closing hit, Queens leaders including Borough President Helen Marshall were vocal about maintaining the building as some sort of healthcare facility.

The sentiment was in response to the closings of both Mary Immaculate and St. John’s hospitals. On hearing news of the choice to make it residential, CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams expressed disappointment saying, “Our hope was for it to be some kind of healthcare facility to meet the needs of the residents of the community.”

Approval for the residential facility was given by the Department of Buildings on Nov. 12 after an initial request in April for interior demolition and removal. Over the years, the building has been visibly deteriorating, a “piercing reminder of how much we are losing in our districts,” for Adams.

According to District Manager Yvonne Reddick, the decision to make it residential rather than a shelter is at least an improvement. Ten shelters already exist in the area, Reddick said.

The property is zoned as both commercial and residential. The interior work underway on the seven-story building is as of right, meaning that approval to undergo reconstruction was only required by the city.

According to Reddick, the only plan they are aware of for now is to convert the building to residential use. Once the owner decides to reconstruct the commercial side and submit necessary zoning changes, should they be required, he must address the community board.

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1 comment:

  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 8:07 pm on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 121

    We already have Jamaica hospital and take a look around Jamaica, there is at least one type of doctor or physician facility on every block. Yes, we certainly do not need another run down shelter with the types of people they bring, we already have enough of low class people in Jamaica, we don't need to import more into the community.

    Our leaders always want to talk about the 'revitalization" of Jamaica, well for that to happen we need to bring in quality people. Almost every other places in Queens (LIC , Astoria, Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights) are attracting quality people and young people to their communities (except Jamaica) and it shows with all the new upscale businesses coming into those areas. What we need that place to be is a high end condo or apartment to start to attracting the kinds of people who can bring in quality restaurants, retail and businesses. Otherwise Jamaica is doomed to continue to be a low class ghetto community. Hell our new nice restaurants, the few that have opened, are having a hard time surviving in this community with the types of people who live here, we need new blood.