Queens Chronicle: Community Center to be Renovated

Queens Chronicle: Community Center to be Renovated | February 2021: Queens Community House announced Monday that it has purchased the Forest Hills Community Center at 108-25 62 Drive, the organization’s initial program site and home to its administrative headquarters.

“The purchase marks an enormous milestone in our organization’s evolution, and it solidifies the continuity of the Forest Hills space as an essential resource for the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Corona communities,” QCH Executive Director Ben Thomases said in a statement.

The site is home to a senior center, afterschool program, English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, youth leadership programming, a day program for frail and memory-impaired older adults and an evening teen center.

Just prior to the pandemic, more than 500 people attended the center on a typical day and more than 4,600 passed through its doors each year.

“We’ve outgrown the space,” Thomases said, adding, “The purchase of the center now presents us with the opportunity to undertake a major renovation to modernize the building’s infrastructure, add lounges, counseling rooms and areas for intergenerational activities and make the entire building more open and accessible.”

Renovation is scheduled to begin in July with a grand reopening in summer 2022.

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