ICYMI: Controversial landlord Gregg Singer has offered to donate the former P.S. 64 on Ninth Street to the city for use to potentially treat patients infected with the coronavirus.
As Crain's first reported, Singer conveyed his offer in a letter to Mayor de Blasio as well as to the offices of Gov. Cuomo and President Trump.
According to published reports, the city is seeking potential medical surge facilities, such as hotels, dorms and even the Javits Convention Center.
The city dismissed the offer to use the derelict building that has been vacant for more than 20 years between Avenue B and Avenue C.
“We’re not interested,” the spokeswoman told Crain’s “It doesn’t meet our needs.”
The building looks to be in disrepair, with broken windows and a crack in the facade on the western corner of the landmarked building.
“We have an engineer’s report stating the building is safe,” Singer said. “It’s like when you build a makeshift hospital or triage center in an open field. This would be the same thing here, but indoors.”
Singer bought the property — the former P.S 64 and CHARAS/El Bohio community center — from the city during an auction in 1998. You can read the archives for more on the long history here.