Owner: 176 Woodward Avenue is not for sale

By: Holly Bieler
hbieler@queensledger.com

Despite rumors, the site at 176 Woodward Avenue is not for sale, says owner Frank Curtin, who stopped by this paper’s offices to set the record straight after weeks of community speculation and false reports claiming the Ridgewood site was on the market for upwards of $30 million.

“To make a long story short, we’re developing the property,” said Curtin on Monday. “We’re not trying to flip it. If I was trying to sell, I would have sold years ago.”

Frank Curtin, the owner of a property at 176 Woodward Ave., says it's not for sale.

Frank Curtin, the owner of a property at 176 Woodward Ave., says it’s not for sale.

Local residents have been concerned since the site was listed for sale for $33 million in an e-mail blast sent out February 6th from Greiner Maltz Investment Properties, which handles other properties for developer Slate Property Group.

The site had been the subject of protracted negotiations with community boards and local elected officials, including Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Antonio Reynoso, about affordable housing during its rezoning from manufacturing to residential.

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