GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The stalled sale of the foreclosed Frank's Nursery property by the Town of Greenburgh may be accelerated after the Town Council authorized the hiring of GA Keen Realty Advisors to act its real estate advisor and to conduct an auction.
According to Ton Supervisor Paul Feiner, the Council will meet with Harold Bordwin, a former Edgemont resident and director of the firm, in the near future to schedule a date for the auction, which is expected to be sometime in late September.
The 6.9-acre Frank's Nursery site was taken in a tax foreclosure three years ago. Greenburgh taxpayers are paying $1,800 a year for county sewer and refuse taxes.
Greenburgh's Commissioner Department of Community Development and Conservation Thomas Madden, the property approximately 380 feet of frontage on Dobbs Ferry Road and approximately 790 feet from the road to the rear.
Greenburgh has struggled through several supposed offers to lease the property but has not been able to secure a buyer.
In March 2013, representatives from Woodard and Curran, the environmental service agency hired to look into issues at the former Frank's Nursery site on Dobbs Ferry Road, said it could be months before Game On 365 is able to begin construction of a sports complex at the location.
Town Attorney Tim Lewis said that Section 1166 of the state Real Property Tax Law states that whenever a tax district acquires property through foreclosure — as Greenburgh did with Frank's Nursery — it is authorized "to sell and convey the real property so acquired, either with or without advertising for bids" in January of 2013.
In June of 2013, the Town Board was presented with a $3 million offer by sports complex owners Game On, but the competing House of Sports of Ardsley submitted an offer worth $500,000 more and threatened a lawsuit if the land was sold to Game On. Both proposed deals fell through.