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Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
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Executive Director Linda Lee, Borough President Melinda Katz, local lawmakers and stakeholders break ground at the site on May 16.

A Korean nonprofit organization has started the process of expanding the new community center it recently established at the former site of the Bayside Jewish Center.

Korean Community Services (KCS) moved into the the property at 203-05 32nd Ave. earlier this year. The 35,300-square-foot facility on a 54,000-square-foot lot is equipped with meeting rooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, banquet hall, classrooms and office space.

According to preliminary renderings of the group’s planned renovations, plans include the addition of art and learning classrooms, a senior and adult care center, recreation area and a universal preschool space.

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“You can always tell what an organization is going to accomplish by where it’s been,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at the May 16 groundbreaking. “And KCS has been an unbelievable partner in so many services that are so desperately needed throughout this great borough of Queens and throughout the city of New York.”

Through the new headquarters, the nonprofit will offer services including adult daycare, after-school programs, English as a Second Language classes and immigration services to people from all walks of life.

The borough president also announced that she, Councilman Paul Vallone and Councilman Barry Grodenchik together allocated close to $3 million to help with the center’s day-to-day operations.

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“We want more families to come here” Katz said. “And we know that we can only build our community through the great services that KCS has.”

“I hope this community center will be a place of networking, of learning and of sharing for the Korean community,” said Ki Hwan Kim, Counsel General of the Korean Consulate of NY. “I hope Korean-Americans contribute to the development of not only the Korean community, but also other communities in Queens.”

Korean Community Services (KCS) purchased the building for $7.5 million, plus an estimated renovation cost of $700,000. The nonprofit hopes to secure remaining funds needed to pay off the existing loan through a capital campaign.

The center is currently operational; planned renovations will be completed late next year or early 2019.

Learn more by visiting the nonprofit’s website.

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