A court hearing that may influence the future of the now-empty Hillside Health Center has been delayed for at least a month, according to the receiver for the bankrupt nursing home. The case centers around whether the mortgage holder, Suburban Mortgage, will be allowed to buy the property back. Suburban, which is closely linked to Hillside’s former owner, Anthony Giordano, wants to ensure that the property does not sell for less than the $12.5 million still owed on the mortgage.

According to one of the other bidders, Hillside’s nursing home license has lapsed. If so, it is probably unlikely that the facility can re-open as a nursing home again, although that seems to be the first preference of most neighbors we have talked to. Failing that, some form of residential apartments, perhaps age-restricted, is most likely.