Habib’s Mar­ket Street prop­erty not pur­chased at tax sale

Price tag very high, will go to sale again

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS - BARB MCKENNA

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.

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