Addabbo: Positive News On Old Courthouse
“After four decades of sitting unused,” New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently announced “the Rockaway Courthouse is now being redeveloped by the Harmony Group as a desperately needed health care facility, to be known as the Rockaway Ambulatory Surgical Center.”
“This is great news for a community that has been truly battered in recent years by Superstorm Sandy and the loss of access to necessary health care, including the closure of Peninsula Hospital in 2012.”
Addabbo noted that the addition of the Rockaway Courthouse to the state and national registries of historic places will enable the developers of the new health care center to be eligible for historic preservation tax credits to help offset the $10 million they are investing in the project. In addition, this designation will ensure that the historic integrity and appearance of the Courthouse is preserved and protected during the renovation process.
“This is a win-win-win situation for the people of Rockaway,” Addabbo said. “A magnificent building that has been crumbling for 40 years will get a new life and a new purpose. The people of Rockaway will get a new health care center and greater access to the medical services they need. And, last but not least, the Rockaway Courthouse is receiving official recognition of the integral role it has played in the history of our community and will continue to play in the future.”
Addabbo stated that he hopes the new Rockaway Ambulatory Surgical Center will break ground later this year and open in 2015. It will offer four operating rooms, ophthalmology, urology, obstetrics, gynecology and orthopedic care.
Approximately 45 new jobs will be created. Addabbo is advocating that qualified local people be hired for these positions.