Trylon Theater in Rego Park Rezoning Goes To Committee Hearing

Ols Street has a theater, cars, and two old trees.

Trylon Theater — Tomorrow, the planned renovation of a historic theater and beloved community diner in Rego Park will face its first public round of scrutiny.

The land use and housing committee of Queens Community Board 6 will meet with RJ Capital Holdings on Tuesday. The aim is to discuss its proposal to rezone the triangular lot on Queens Boulevard between 66th Road and 66th Avenue. They will also construct a 15-storey residential building.

The plan would require demolishing the historic Trylon Theater, which dates back to 1939. Trylon Theater is now occupied by the Ohr Natan Synagogue, as well as Tower Diner.

A petition to save the building has attracted well over 1,700 signatures. A number of protesting neighbors lead the demolition.

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RJ Capital Holdings said that the synagogue and diner will have the opportunity to rent space in the new building. The neighborhood would benefit from more housing stock.

The 162-unit building will contain affordable housing and ground floor commercial space.

“This project will provide a new supply of residential rentals in a neighborhood that would only benefit from such,” RJ Capital Holdings Principal Michael Abramov told Patch in August. “We are from the community, we serve the community, and hope to continue to be able to do so.”

Meanwhile, the committee’s full community board will cast an advisory vote after the developer’s application is approved. An advisory opinion will also be provided by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards.

The City Planning Commission and the City Council would then explain the rezoning.

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