Thursday, November 12, 2009

City mulling acquisition of St. Saviour’s For parkland in Queens

(Left): Preservationists say the city and elected officials are making progress toward acquiring the former St. Saviour’s property in Maspeth.

As preservationists continue to clash with the owner of the land where the 162-year-old St. Saviour’s Church once stood, the city may be making its first tentative steps toward acquiring the property, according to

The land at 57-40 58th St. has been on the market since 2006 when groups like the Juniper Park Civic Association began advocating for the preservation of the wooden structure. Recently the land owner, Maspeth Development, switched to a new real estate company. Manhattan-based Berko & Associates has listed the property for $8.5 million.

Borough President Helen Marshall’s office contacted the real estate company Oct. 14, said Newtown Historical Society President Christina Wilkinson. Marshall’s office also contacted the nonprofit Land Trust Alliance about getting the land put on the list for the $60 million Environmental Protection Fund allocation the state plans for the 2009-10 fiscal year, Marshall spokesman Dan Andrews said.

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City mulling acquisition of St. Saviour’s
November 12, 2009 - - By Jeremy Walsh

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