Fractured windows at the desultory Holliswood Hospital building and garbage strewn across its grounds starkly contrast with the neighborhood’s idyllic suburban homes.
Sixty-five thousand and five hundred dollars in Department of Buildings violations have been issued at the property, which is at 87-37 Palermo St. More than $600,000 in property taxes are owed.
Illegal trespassing inside the hospital, which closed in 2013, is shown in a YouTube video from last October. A young man throws an object at a hospital window from one of its rooms in the video; another part of the footage shows someone wielding a flame that does not appear to burn any of the structure, despite visible danger.
“We’re in the process of trying to find out who they are,” Linda Valentino of the Holliswood Civic Association told the Chronicle. “The 107th Precinct is working on it.”
The site is owned by Steve Cheung. “What he wants to do is build 20 homes,” the civic activist said. “We feel, and it’s just an opinion, that this guy is looking to sell the thing.”
Although a Queens civic activist familiar with the real estate transactions and development said that a developer he knows visited the site — and that it’s on the market —Cheung denied that.
“We’re planning to develop it,” he said.
A plan to divide the property into 22 separate lots was disapproved by the Department of Buildings.