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Planned Forest Hills development will include more aff ordable housing units
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
A zoning application for the proposed
Trylon development in Forest Hills has
been modifi ed to allow for more aff ordable
housing units so more families
can live in the community, according
to newly elected Councilwoman Lynn
Aft er extensive negotiations and discussions
with the developer, Trylon
LLC, the mixed-use residential development
at 98-81 Queens Blvd. will utilize
Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)
Option 1, which is more aff ordable for
Th e project will bring approximately
40 housing units to Forest Hills with
the majority of these units targeted for
households making between $30,000
and $70,000, Schulman said. Under MIH
Option 1, developers are required to set
aside aff ordable units for residents earning
40%, 60% and 100% of the AMI.
“According to the NYC Housing
Preservation and Development’s ‘Housing
New York Open Data,’ only one new construction
aff ordable housing project was
located in Queens Community Board
6 during the entire eight years of the de
Blasio administration. Th ere are other
conditions that were expressed by the
community board which are still being
explored with Trylon LLC, but the housing
agreement is the most signifi cant,”
said Schulman, who thanked the community
board and Queens Borough President
Donovan Richards for their guidance and
input in the process, as well as Trylon LLC
for working with the community.
Eric Palatnik, a land use and zoning
attorney representing the developers,
said they’re thrilled to be able to work
with Schulman and the community
to reach an agreement to bring more
affordable housing to residents.
“Th ere’s still more work to be done. As
far as the agreement to bring aff ordable
housing, we couldn’t be happier to come
to that agreement and to satisfy the needs
of the community and the councilwoman,”
Aft er public hearings and discussions
regarding the demolition of the Tower
Diner and Trylon Th eatre to make way
for the new development on Queens
Boulevard, Community Board 6 in
November 2021 voted in favor of the
project, but with certain conditions.
During the meeting, Forest Hills and
Rego Park residents had voiced their
opposition to the redevelopment plan
to erect a 15-story building on the triangular
block. Th e plan includes a
153,000-square-foot development with
136,000 square feet for residential space
and 17,400 square feet for commercial
parking space, with 45 parking spaces,
including bicycle parking on site.
In terms of housing units, the plan
included 144 total units with 44 of
those units as affordable housing at
an average of 80% AMI under the
city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing
Program. Residents had pointed out
the lack of affordable housing developments
in the area, and said the developer’s
units weren’t “truly affordable.”
Th e developer had planned to off er 44
units — 30% of the total units — to residents
who earn 70%, 80% or 90% of the
AMI. Th e proposal off ered nine aff ordable
one-bedroom units for approximately
$1,500 at 70% AMI, nine for $1,790
at 80% AMI and nine at $1,950 at 90%
A rendering of the planned Trylon development project at 98-81 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.
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