The Holliswood Hospital property may be turned into condos and luxury single family homes, one source – a resident who lives near the former hospital – said. The news comes after some neighbors, including members of the Holliswood Civic Association, have been on tenterhooks for the past two years over what the former rehabilitation center for drug users might become.
The lot has been empty since the former hospital shut down in August 2013 due to bankruptcy. On July 7, an LLC associated with Queens Developer Steve Cheung, 3861 Realty, bought the property for $10.9 million.
According to the source, Cheung called Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) on Sunday night and informed him that he was planning to build condo apartments and approximately 15 single-family luxury houses.
Weprin confirmed the call on Tuesday. “I think it is something the community would be accepting of and support,” he said of the alleged plans.
Cheung said that he and his architect had not yet solidified plans. “As soon as we have a decision, we’ll let you know,” Cheung told the Queens Tribune on Monday.
But asked about the planned construction quoted in the reported call with Weprin, Cheung did not deny the plans, saying simply, “We try.”