The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is planning to shut down its operations almost two years after its nextdoor neighbor's building collapsed, according to an area civic leader.
Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association, announced the news on Saturday at the civic's monthly meeting.
"We're going to stay on top of this," Colberg said referring to the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue. "[But] we've run out of time for the ambulance corps, it seems."
The vacant building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. collapsed after a downpour on April 12, 2013, causing damage to the ambulance corps building next door. The corps, after being allowed back into the building shortly after the collapse, had to leave again last year when a wall between its building and the collapsed one became damaged in a snowstorm last year.
The collapse forced the corps' main tenant, the Woodhaven Senior Center, to relocate. The senior center had been the primary source of income for the volunteer group, causing the corps to have financial difficulty in the months following the collapse.