QNS: Queens Community House purchases Forest Hills Community Center

QNS: Queens Community House purchases Forest Hills Community Center | February 2021: The Board of Directors of Queens Community House (QCH), one of the borough’s largest social service organizations, has purchased the Forest Hills Community Center (FCC), 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,” said Ben Thomases, QCH executive director.

Fortunately, the need for larger and upgraded space has coincided with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to purchase the site, according to Thomases. 

In 2017, negotiations between the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which owned the housing project, and Forest Hills Co-op tenant leadership led to the tenants assuming ownership of the property. This, in turn, created an opportunity for QCH to purchase the center from the tenants, which, after years of technical complications, occurred on Dec. 29, 2020. 

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