From the Times Ledger:
The Garden School, a private K-12 institution at 33-16 79th St., wants to sell its adjacent athletic field, which is currently listed on the web site of real estate company Massey Knakal for $5.25 million. City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) has secured $4 million and Borough President Helen Marshall $1 million to buy the land and make it into a park contiguous with Travers Park at 78th Street and 34th Avenue which the school could still use during the day.
But the school has told parents, civic leaders and city officials its financial situation has moved them to open the sale of the lot to developers, as they need money before the city expects to complete its Uniform Land Use Review Process on the property, which is required before the city buys it.
Yet the prospect of a city-owned park appears to outside observers to be a little closer. Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for governmental affairs, has gotten involved with the process and has met with school administrators numerous times. He said the negotiations were ongoing and going well.
“This is a community that is very much in need of additional park space,” Wolfson said.
The Garden School did not respond to calls for comment as of press time Tuesday evening.
Ed Westley of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group also said he had heard rumblings the city and the school were close to an agreement.
“We’re very happy about that,” he said, although he said the school’s administration had not been returning calls or e-mails to civic leaders.