The lease, giving the college a brand new 40,000-square-foot facility, was signed with Muss Development earlier this month. The move is expected to take place in September of 2014.
“We chose Forest Hills Tower because it is centrally located in the heart of Queens, is easily accessible through multiple highways and mass transit, and provides more of a collegiate campus experience,” said Charles Callahan, director of strategic initiatives for Plaza College. “The move to the new campus will be a seamless transition for Plaza’s students, staff, and faculty.”
Plaza College, which offers baccalaureate and associate degrees, will use a portion of the ground floor and the entire second floor of the Tower, located at 118-35 Queens Blvd., for their students and classes.
The seventeen-story Forest Hills Tower had been filled completely after Hurricane Sandy by FEMA employees, who used the Tower as their headquarters.
Now FEMA is gradually vacating, and owners Muss Development say they are excited to bring in new tenants.
“FEMA has been an excellent tenant and we have been proud to assist in their response to Sandy,” said Jason Muss, principal of Muss Development. “Their presence also gave us time and opportunity to re-think the best way to maximize our opportunities at Forest Hills Tower.