A Queens real estate investment and development company has offered to help save Most Precious Blood School in Astoria through either the purchase of the parish’s parking lot for $10 million or a combination of donated renovations and additional funds.
Venetian Management LLC of Forest Hills sent a Feb. 2 letter outlining the offer to Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio and copied to Most Precious Blood Pastor Rev. William Krlis. The letter is signed by Ronnie Cohen, president, and Ron Saintil, of customers relations.
Cohen told the Chronicle that means he is willing to do either the $2.55 million in renovations to the school or $3 million in renovations to the church that the church says are necessary. Cohen says he would either do that pro bono or donate the funds for someone else to do the renovations.
“In the alternative, we could transfer $10 million in cash for your restoration purposes or other projects and in exchange we would develop the parking lot at 32-01 36th Street,” it says. The parking lot in question is at the intersection of 32nd Street and 36th Avenue next to the school.