The city Parks Department, at the request of Van Bramer, has been trying to buy the property from its owner Vinny Oppedisano for the past year without success. The property, known as the Woodside Triangle, is located at the intersection of 59th and 60th streets and 34th Ave., and had been used as a de facto park by nearby residents for decades. However, Oppedisano cleared the site last year for construction purposes.
Woodside residents Tom Ryan (l.), his daughter Victoria, her friend Lorraine Schucke and Marion Molno (r.) held a photo of disputed land last July. The property, 34th Ave. and 59th and 60th Sts - has been the subject of a 10-year struggle between neighborhood residents who want it turned into a public park and the landowner who has plans to build there. City
Earlier this month, it was reported that the city’s Parks Department had finally abandoned negotiating with him as the parties couldn’t agree on a price.
However, on Thursday, Van Bramer said he plans to bring the Parks Department and Oppedisano to the bargaining table one last time to see if something can be hammered out. “If it doesn’t come together, we will pursue all options.”
In a February interview, Van Bramer said that his office has had some preliminary discussions about getting the property via eminent domain and it is something he will continue to look into.
Last July, Van Bramer secured $350,000, which he said would be used to buy the site. However, the land was appraised at $140,000. The city offered Oppedisano $140,000, but he rejected it and ongoing negotiations have not produced results.
The City Parks department abandoned negotiations with Oppedisano, the Queens Chronicle recently reported, after he insisted on receiving the full $350,000.
“The owner is difficult to deal with and he is trying to make a huge profit and it is not right,” Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, said earlier this month.
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