May 8, 2013
DITMARS — A coalition of Queens stakeholders advocating for a community use of the iconic Steinway Mansion in Astoria will start fundraising soon in an effort to buy the historic property, the group said recently.
The Friends of Steinway Mansion held a community meeting Monday night, where organizers said they plan to launch an official fundraising campaign later this month. The group is currently setting up a bank account to accept donations, they said.
“This is an absolute opportunity for our community and it’s future,” said Bob Singleton, executive director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which has been leading the effort to see the property purchased and turned into a museum or cultural center.
“Most communities would give their right arm for something like this,” he said.
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