From the Daily News:
A developer who wants to place health care facilities at the shuttered Mary Immaculate and St. John's Hospitals is asking a federal bankruptcy court judge to reopen the auction for those buildings.
The Village Management Group filed court papers Tuesday saying the bidding process was unfair.
They also presented a letter from New York Hospital Queens officials saying they would consider working with Village Management on a facility at the St. John's site.
Controversial developer Joshua Guttman made the highest bid at an Oct. 16 auction, promising $26.6 million for both properties.
Village Management noted it was the winning bidder for the Mary Immaculate site in Jamaica. But its bid for St. John's in Elmhurst was eclipsed by Guttman's.
Guttman has said the sites would likely be used for office space, educational or religious organizations, but not health care.
Borough President Helen Marshall and others have been lobbying to keep some sort of medical use in those locations, noting that Queens is woefully underserved.
In court papers, Village Management said it spoke with Guttman during a break in the auction and even had a handshake agreement to bid as a team.