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Korean Community Services has put up signage at the former Bayside Jewish Center.

A Korean nonprofit organization has taken over the site of the former Bayside Jewish Center.

According to public records, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS) acquired the deed to the property at 203-05 32nd Ave. in February. The location will serve as the the organization’s main office and headquarters.

In recent weeks, KCS signage has gone up on the side of the building. The organization has also filed permits with the Department of Buildings (DOB) for renovations.

According to the KCS website, the nonprofit reached an agreement to buy the facility for approximately $7.5 million, plus $700,000 in maintenance fees. The group sold their previous headquarters in Flushing for $4.5 million and held a capital campaign to raise remaining funds needed to purchase the property.

The nonprofit offers senior, education, immigration, workforce development and public health services. Their mission is “to be a bridge for Korean immigrants and the wider Asian community to fully integrate into society and overcome any economic, health and linguistic barriers so that they become independent and thriving members of the community.”

The Bayside Jewish Center site was the source of some controversy in recent years. After the congregation, which had been at the site since 1960, left the location in 2015, a proposal to turn the site into a 730-seat high school was put forth by the School Construction Authority.

The plans were met with opposition from residents: locals and elected officials rallied against the proposal and Community Board 11 voted overwhelmingly in opposition.

The School Construction Authority eventually withdrew the plans in November of 2015.

The Bayside Jewish Center congregation has since merged with the Hollis Hills Jewish Center and opened the Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center at 210-10 Union Tpke. last year.

Learn more about KCS by visiting their website, Facebook or Twitter.

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