The landmarked Richmond Hill Republican Club, next to the now demolished Simonson Funeral Home, is up for public auction because of the exorbitant tax liens on the property.
Richmond Hill’s Fading History
Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village), who stood beside Kasper in the Jamaica courtroom, cited the building’s historical significance in his effort to postpone the auction. He further told Hart that he and Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) planned to petition the city to purchase the property and establish it as a community center, setting up a potential bidding war.
So Dennis is asking the city to buy a historic structure in Katz's district, and turn it into a community center, but when his own constituents ask him to do the same thing for the St. Saviour's property in Maspeth, he lobbies for a zoning change on behalf of the developer. Especially abhorrent considering that a recent study showed that the area is too polluted for new housing.
That Pinky is an interesting fellow.
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