Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Crowley screwed community out of park...and landmark
From the Forum:
A landmark without a home now doesn’t even have a temporary home.
St. Saviour’s Church, a historical building that civic leaders saved from demolition, is deconstructed and in storage. Activists have dreams of rebuilding it at a new site, but for now, it needs to find a new holding tank before it finds a permanent site.
Galasso Trucking has stored the labeled beams and pieces in warehouses in west Maspeth. But now they need the room back.
For decades, the 1847 Carpenter Gothic church stood on a hill on Rust Street in Maspeth. When the owners decided to redevelop the property, Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) leadership convinced the owner to let them disassemble the building and find new land for it.
In the meantime, they labeled the pieces of the building and stored it in two trailers.
Those trailers have sat on Galasso Trucking’s property for more than three years now.
JPCA President Bob Holden led the charge to save St. Saviour’s from the wrecking ball in 2008. He said he was thankful for what Galasso has done, but he’s now in a bind.
“The owner certainly has been most gracious,” said Holden, president of the JPCA and Save St. Saviour’s Inc—an organization formed to take donations on the church’s behalf.
He and other advocates have been holding out for parkland to rebuild the church.
But in November, the Parks Department dropped a bid to acquire the church’s original site.
Time to set the record straight. Parks didn't drop its bid. Elizabeth Crowley decided it would be easier for her to go after a much smaller piece of land, so she pulled her funding out from the St. Saviour's park project and hasn't done a thing with it since.
Maspeth has no landmark because it has no park. And it has no park because of Crowley. Here's what it has instead: