From the Daily News:
An iconic Astoria home is being offered at a deep discount in an effort to preserve it, the Daily News has learned.
Steinway Mansion executrix Michele Kazarian informed interested parties that she is willing to sell the property, including three of the seven plots of land, for a price of $1.9 million — a $1 million discount from the initial asking price for the entire property.
“We’re trying to make it more affordable for someone who loves the house and wants it,” Kazarian, 57, told The News.
The decision was spurred partially by a recently formed group, Friends of Steinway Mansion, which has reignited interest in converting the site into a cultural hub for the area.
In the past, prospective buyers have seemed “overwhelmed” by the expansive property with the luxe lodge looming large in the middle.
"Separating the properties creates that opportunity that was not there before,” she said. “This is so much more within reach.”
But some stakeholders balked at the creative real estate maneuver.
The head of the Friends of Steinway Mansion told The News he would rather grapple with a higher price tag than let the plot be divided.
“That would really hem in the building,” said Bob Singleton, executive director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society and founder of the coalition of craftsman and community activists. “I think the entire parcel should stay together.”
A large commercial building going up next to the sprawling home would diminish its prestige and not allow it to “breathe,” Singleton said.