The long-delayed conversion of a Queens hospital into housing is finally moving forward. The developer behind the conversion of the Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills has finally entered the development into the city’s public review process a.k.a. the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
Jasper Venture Group wants to add two stories to the existing, six-story hospital building and convert that space into 135 affordable apartments, including room for senior homes. In addition, the developer also wants to build a 14-story tower on the hospital’s property that would see the creation of 216 market-rate apartments, according to Crain’s, which first reported on the review process.
Parkway Hospital shuttered after a protracted legal battle, in 2008, and the building itself has been in a state of deterioration since. Jasper picked up the property in an auction shortly after its closure. In the summer of 2014, the Jasper Group first announced plans to covert the building into condos, but that fell through, and the developer put up the property for sale the following year (no buyer moved forward with a sale).
Since 2016, Jasper has been working with local elected officials to convert the property into affordable and market-rate housing. The first stop in the public review process is the local community board and the Queens Borough President; it will then head to the City Planning Commission, followed by the City Council, and the Mayor.