April 10, 2018 By Tara Law
Station Square, the historic center of Forest Hills, is about to undergo an upgrade.
The Forest Hills Gardens Corporation’s board of directors announced in an April 6 email that the renovations of the square, which was built in 1912, will begin this month and continue until the end of the year. The renovation will feature utility upgrades and the restoration of the road surface.
The entire square east of Continental avenue will be closed to vehicles during the duration of the project, although the sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians.
The style of Station Square was inspired by a medieval village square. Forest Hills Gardens, which was founded in 1909, was designed by Grosvenor Atterbury and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.— the son of the legendary Central Park architect. The community’s architectural style was modeled after the Garden City movement, which was popular in England at the time.
The last major renovation of the square, which restored the retaining wall of the Station Square Long Island Rail Road train terminal, took place in 1999 as a joint effort between the nonprofit Friends of Station Square and the MTA.
This upgrade has been in the works for some time.
“This project has been on the drawing board for many years and we are excited to embark on this unprecedented event for our community,” the note read.
The Forest Hills Gardens Corporation did not respond to a request for comment prior to the publication of this article.