From the Daily News:
Civic leaders hoping to transform the former site of St. Saviour's Church in Maspeth into parkland had their hopes dashed this week when the owner unveiled plans to build warehouses on the site.
Maspeth Development LLC applied for city permits to construct four buildings on a portion of the 1.5-acre property at 57th Road and 58th St.
"I'm willing to work with anyone, but we're moving forward," said developer Scott Kushnick. "The city cannot come up with the money, and I have my back against the wall."
The company had hoped to build residential units when it purchased the land several years ago. But the community rallied against the project and the zoning change needed to make it happen.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has set aside $1 million to acquire the land. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley added $500,000 to the pot.
Kushnick declined to say how much he is asking for but admitted "nobody's come up with anything near a reasonable number."
He said he has little choice but to build warehouses that he can sell or rent to recoup some of the money he has spent on the site.
The permits have yet to be approved by the city.
Civic activist Christina Wilkinson pointed out that the Buildings Department has issued three violations and a partial stop-work order against the developer because of conditions at the site.
She called on elected officials to come up with funds for the land "or else their enduring legacy will be that of a concrete jungle where there should have been a green oasis."
See also: City Officials Dragging Their Feet On St. Saviour's Church Park Site