Habib’s Market Street property not purchased at tax sale
Price tag very high, will go to sale again
It was on the roster for the region’s Feb. 16 tax sale, but no one picked up the lot on Market Street that once housed a dangerous and dilapidated building owned by Mike Habib the region was forced to tear down
Owner Mike Habib only owes $1,335 in back taxes but tacked onto that bill is the cost the region spent to demolish the building after an emergency demolition order was carried out – $41,581.38.
The total bill, including interest and expenses, comes to $51,600.73.
Habib started to demolish the unsafe building, which once housed Wongs Restaurant, in May of 2015, but the demolition stopped abruptly when there was a dispute between him and the contractors he had hired.
At the time, he assured the Region of Queens Municipality that he would tear the building down – and said he had plans for the property. But after a fire in the unsecured premised, the region stepped in and demolished it for him.
Habib had the right to redeem ownership of the property if he paid the bill – but he didn’t. No one else did either.
That means the property will be put up for tax sale again, and if there are still no takers, it will probably be put out to tender, says Region of Queens Mayor David Dagley.
The property on Market Street owned by businessman Mike Habib wasn’t snapped up at last week’s region tax sale.