Park Hill Adult Home for Sale

Sadly, another historic property on Grove Street has been abandoned and is now set for public auction on June 27, 2011. The Park Hill Adult Home on 52 Grove Street was in operation for forty-four years as a 15 bed nursing home. The locally owned business was successful for many years, but sold to Amsterdam Park Properties in 2004 for $1,125,000. Three years later it sold again to B&H Realty Properties LLC for $3,200,00. After some management difficulty, the business was taken over by a State appointed overseer who apparently could not see a profitable future for the business, closing the doors on May 1, 2011. The property was foreclosed by Sterling Bank.

As far back as I can research, the original house and property was owned by J. McClumpha Sr. according to an Amsterdam 1868 map.

In 1905, the property was owned by James Voorhees.

On March 3, 1919, James Voorhees sold the building to The Roman Catholic Church to be used as a convent for the Sisters of St Josephs Parish. In June of 1919 Monsignor Brown purchased the adjacent property on 46 Grove Street where some expansion was done and the properties merged. On November 1, 1922, James Schuyler sold his property on 58 Grove Street to build St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and rectory that since 2010, has been owned by the Buddhist World Peace and Health Organization. At some point the Roman Catholic Church sold the convent and The Park Hill Adult Home was founded in 1967 (from the sign in front of the building).

It is sad to see these once glorious, well maintained properties go to ruin and neglect. The Amsterdam police have responded to people breaking in Park Hill a few times since its closure. ALthough the WPHO made a valiant initial effort converting the former St Michaels into the Goddess of Mercy Temple, there has been very little activity and virtually no property maintenance since.

This is how the properties appear today (iPhone photos):





Here is an overview of the properties:

If you want to own a piece of Amsterdam’s history, show up at the Montgomery County Office Building in Fonda, NY on June 27, 2011, at 1:00PM. Be prepared to pay $1,165,976.30 plus interest, attorney fees and costs.

It would make a great bed & breakfast!

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10 thoughts on “Park Hill Adult Home for Sale

  1. robert purtell

    Actually the Park hill adult home started up in the Grand Street area (park hill) the nuns lived in this building well into the 70’s, as a student of St Mary’s (dugan hall)( right behind your home) our punishment was to do work after school at the convent. it was a weird scary kinda place. Some of the nuns then moved up onto a smaller home on Market street and a few moved up to Bishop Scully. It is a grand old home though.

    • Thanks Robert,

      I know I’m missing chunks of this property’s history, but that was all I could find this morning. If anyone knows the name of the family that originally started Park Hill or the date it moved to Grove Street, please speak up!

  2. Diane

    I agree with the B&B idea, but who in this economy is going to come up with that kind of money. The good thing is the property has been well maintained.

    What would be great is to find lawn contractors that would mow the lawns of the high profile properties on a volunteer basis. If every one would adopt a property it would help with the blight and might even help sell them quicker. It doesn’t look like the Buddists are going to maintain any of their properties…….sad to say, just another absentee landlord.

    • Alayne

      Could the building possibly be used by an ARC or by Liberty???

    • robert purtell

      The ussual procedure with the foreclosure action is that once the bank takes title, after the f/c sale and after the deed is recorded, the bank hires a RE broker to take control of the property, change the locks,clean up the property and maintain the lawn. some lenders are better than others and some REO brokers are better than others at getting it done.

      • In fact there was a lawn maintenance company at the former Park Hill property last week to cut the grass for the first time since foreclosure. The photos of the overgrown grass is actually on the property belonging to the WPHO.

  3. robert purtell

    Large buildings, with many consumers no longer fits the bill with homes such as liberty’s. the buildings are not particularly good for skilled nursing facilities either, they are to disjointed, inefficent and maintenance headaches.

    • Alayne

      Here’s hoping that someone picks it up and converts it into office space or something…it is way to nice of a building to just sit and rot like the very neat looking building has that had the fire last week.

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