The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 24, 2013

New York City businessman is new owner of former Park Haven Nursing Home

ASHTABULA — A New York City businessman bought the former Park Haven Nursing Home  Wednesday at an auction on site.

Perry Chopra, bidding by telephone, purchased the historic home for $205,000, said auctioneer Joel Dutton of Dutton Auctions of Massillon, who handled the auction of the former 50-bed nursing home/rehabilitation facility at 4533 Park Ave.

Chopra wired in the $15,500 down payment needed to participate in the auction. Chopra battled two other interested parties, who were present at the bidding.

Auctioneer Jerad Dutton started the bidding at $150,000, but didn’t get a bite until $75,000.

“We have a great opportunity today,” said Dutton’s father, Joel Dutton, who also is an auctioneer but worked the crowd. “There is a lot of history here ... This building will fit right in with the tourism in Ashtabula County. It just needs the right person to take advantage of a great opportunity.”

The bidding went up, up, up from there, making the sale quite exciting for the 50 or so other people who either registered to bid on the building’s contents or came for the show.

After Chopra nabbed the property and a generator, the other bidders bought such things as a commercial gas stove for $650, a commercial refrigerator and freezer for $150, and a commercial mixer, $125.

Alex Asteinza and Jennifer Pociask of Ashtabula bought the mixer to use in the new, American restaurant they are opening on Bridge Street.

The contents of each and every room was sold, too. Anything unclaimed will go with the property to Chopra.

It’s not yet known what Chopra will do with Park Haven. He could not be reached for comment.

According to online information, Chopra has been the chief executive officer of The Claremont Group since he formed the real estate organization in 2003. The Claremont Group, according to the website, “is in the business of acquiring real estate in depressed markets around the world.”

The company owns several hotels, according to online information, and set a 2013 goal of “500 more hotel rooms and 1,000 more assisted living facility beds.”

According to another Claremont website,, the company has hotels in Singapore, Atlantic City, N.J., Kissimmee, Fla., Germany and France, and residential properties in a number of cities.

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