BY JON CRONIN
The historic Station Square in Forest Hills will undergo a renovation in the next six to nine months, according to the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation.
The Forest Hills Gardens Corporation announced last week that the station will be closed except for the pedestrian sidewalks and traffic along 71st/Continental Avenue.
Forest Hills Gardens—which was created in 1909 as the country’s first planned garden community—is a quiet, idyllic private community in the heart of Queens that is overseen by the corporation.
The project will tear up the square’s iconic red brick, work on the utilities below the street and then restore the brick roadway.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) helped the corporation acquire $1 million for the project through the state’s Capital Assistance Program.
“My chairman and I are very upset that they had meetings and did not include the community board,” said Frank Gulluscio, who is the district manager of Community Board 6.
He said that the community board did not even know of the project until a constituent walked into the board’s office and told them about it.
Gulluscio said he learned that the corporation met with the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), local police and the Queens borough president’s office, but never called CB 6.
“I get it—it’s private property. Whatever they’re doing would have affected the entire community. I would like to have been notified,” Gulluscio said.
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