Give Addabbo FHC The Land It Needs
For nearly a decade, the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has been running a day school program for troubled youth, renting space at the Peninsula Hospital Center for the program. Now, however, PHC wants the space back for an expansion of its emergency medical program. The problem is, Todd Miller, the new CEO of Peninsula has presented Dr. Peter Nelson, the CEO of Addabbo with a impossible deadline for moving the vital program – January 1, less than seven weeks. If you drive by the Addabbo Center on Beach Channel
Drive at Beach 62 Street, you will see that the facility’s building takes up only a small portion of the land on which it is situated. Originally, that land was slated for a school that would address students interested in health care and aviation careers. That idea died long before the new Addabbo building was constructed, however, and the land lies fallow. Dr. Nelson would like to move the day school program to trailers on that land. The trailers are available at a price the program can afford. The problem is, the land is owned by the city’s Economic Development Corporation. That agency wants to rent the land to Nelson, but the at a high cost. It is clear that the land has no other use but one designated by the health center. We understand that the city is trying to squeeze out every dollar it can from anybody it can, but we believe that the city should give Addabbo the land so that it can move ahead with setting up the day school program. It is worthless to anybody else; it is worthless to the city. If the law does not allow the city to donate the land, why not rent it to Addabbo for $1 a year. Why can’t the city do the right thing for a change and give the community something it really needs without getting its pound of flesh.