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Is Clipper and Chetrit’s Flatbush building haunted?

High staff turnover at 123 Parkside Avenue attributed to ghosts
May 20, 2015 12:00PM

Developers of Brooklyn rental properties can rest easy these days that demand for their product will be strong. But add ghosts to the equation — and all bets are off.

A 119-unit rental building in Flatbush on the site of the former Caledonian Hospital that was developed by Clipper Equity and the Chetrit Group is reportedly suffering from a ghostly invasion, causing high staff turnover and possibly affecting renters as well, according to the New York Post.

Multiple sources told reporters at the paper that there have been complaints of strange voices and eerie footstep sounds that are being attributed to the ghosts of former patients.

The hospital closed in 2003 and the developers opened the rental building, dubbed 123 on the Park, in 2014.

At least three doormen have left in the past six months, a janitor in the building told newspaper. One doorman who still works there allegedly said it is a “messed-up place to work because it’s haunted.”

“He said he was doing routine security walks in the basement and the back of the building, and every time he would go down there by himself, he would hear footsteps echoing around him,” according to the superintendent of a nearby building.

Aleksandra Scepanovic, managing director of Ideal Properties Group, confirmed that there has been high turnover of building staff and said, “They’ve had issues renting.”

In September of last year, after three months on the market, the building was 50 percent leased. [NYP] — Tess Hofmann