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.