From the Daily News:
Spurred by problems at the former St. Saviour's Church property in Maspeth, local leaders have stepped up efforts to turn the site into parkland.
They just have to get the owner to agree.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said on Tuesday she and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley are trying to get a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund to purchase the 1.5-acre property at 57th Road and 58th St.
Neighbors said they hope the site will be turned into much-needed parkland.
"There's really not much around here," said Tom Vitale, who lives across the street. "Everyone really wants a park."
Activists said the owner is open to the idea. But Maspeth Development declined comment on Tuesday.
City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe has also said he would like to see a park there - if elected officials can come up with the funds.
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