A number of years ago during Claire Schulman’s administration, David Delaney tried to buy the courthouse for his insurance company, Lancer. Dave got as far as to get the city to clear the land across the street on the bay for parking and install a traffic light at that corner to facilitate crossing. Somehow the deal fell through (Dave was to buy it for a buck. His firm is alive and well located in Long Beach) and the ‘parking lot’ fell into the hands of the same developers behind the evacuation debacle of Neponsit Home (please Google). Neponsit Home was and is the best location for a medical center with parking and brick buildings more easily retrofitted for a hospital (aside from the Peninsula Hospital acreage). However, the NIMBY issue for the heavy hitters of Neponsit appears to have won the hospital location battle, building it in the wrong place which is so Rockaway (reference Diner/Bank).
As far as the Mayor’s endorsement of this project, he neither knows the needs of Rockawayites nor does he care. As a transplanted Manhattanite he is accustomed to no parking situations in his borough. Hey, Mike! We need places to park at our medical center. If politics never entered the Medical Center conversation, Mike would readily admit the ideal place for it would be Neponsit Home.
How, I ask you, can you approve a medical center with no on-sight parking when public transportation is so unavailable? This idea reeks of desperation and is wrongheaded because it is wrongly located. As a point of information, according to a member of the Neponsit Homeowner’s Association, they will eventually have the Neponsit home razed, lots apportioned to 60x100 and sold for exorbitant prices and the Neponsit community extended three blocks west. One can only hope Neponsitites will be the first to complain, “You know, there’s never a hospital around when you need one.”