Oct. 28, 2021 By Allie Griffin
Queens Community Board 6 will host a public hearing next Wednesday on a developer’s plan to build a mixed-use tower where a popular diner and synagogue in Rego Park are located.
Development company RJ Capital Holdings plans to demolish a number of Queens Boulevard buildings including Tower Diner and Ohr Natan Synagogue to make way for a 15-story mixed-use building.
The proposal has faced an outcry from community members, who say the historic Art Deco building occupied by the synagogue and the iconic clock tower of the Tower Diner should be saved from demolition.
A petition to save the buildings and small businesses located on the triangular block has garnered more than 3,400 signatures.
RJ Capital Holdings, meanwhile, hopes to construct a 15-story mixed-use building on the parcels—and assume an address of 98-85 Queens Blvd.
The building would include approximately 158 apartments and 18,000 square feet of commercial space. Forty-eight of the 158 units would be “affordable” pursuant to the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing requirement.
RJ Capital Holdings’ plan, however, requires a zoning change and therefore needs approval from the city via the Uniform Land Use Review Process to move forward.
The first step in the ULURP is a public hearing, hosted by the local community board.
Community Board 6 is hosting a public hearing on the plan on Nov. 3 during its Land Use and Housing committee meeting. The online meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the hearing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Members of the public are allowed two minutes to share their thoughts on the proposal and should email [email protected] by 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 to request their time to speak. Community members can also submit written testimony to the same email.
Rudolf Abramov of RJ Capital Holdings previously told the Queens Post that he hopes to break ground in mid-2022.
However, the construction timeline is dependent on how the ULURP unfolds.
The process typically takes seven months after the plans are certified by City Planning. RJ Capital’s plan was certified in mid October.
Under ULURP, the plan will need to be reviewed by Community Board 6 and the Queens borough president, and then be approved by the City Planning Commission and the City Council.