Forest Hills prepares for upcoming summer shows
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 23, 2014 | 1715 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an effort to minimize the impact of the upcoming 2014 concert series at the newly resurrected Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the West Side Tennis Club and promoters have planned a town hall meeting with those affected most by the influx of the concert-going traffic.

They are inviting the surrounding community to voice their concerns from the 2013 trial concert with Mumford and Sons at a community outreach meeting at Our Lady of Mercy, located at 70-01 Kessel St., this Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

Coming off a sold-out opening event last year, WSTC president Roland Meier said he hopes the town hall meeting will help create good will as the club prepares for a full lineup of events this summer, beginning with the Zac Brown Band on June 21.

“There were lessons learned from last time, even though overall the concert was successful,” said Meier, who is doing his best to keep the other 2014 concerts a surprise. “We had a few voices, but there were less 311 calls on that night than a normal night.”

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz said she has already teamed up with the club, Community Board 6, 112th Precinct and offices of the surrounding elected officials to discuss the impact of the concerts last year.

“At this town hall meeting, the parties that were in my office will be present,” Koslowitz said. “In doing this, we hope to impart accurate information to the community, as well as hear issues and complaints that we had not considered.”

With “major repairs” needed on the club's iconic stadium and clubhouse following what Meier explained as “years of neglect,” the club president said they have banked the stadium’s success for additional revenue.

“The stadium property alone is costing close to six figures in taxes,” Meier explained. “Just to open the doors is will be probably $280 a day, just for the property of the stadium which doesn’t do anything for the majority of the year.”

Meier said the club was only able to repair five windows out of nearly 100 that are in need of replacement from the revenue generated from the first concert last year.

The club president said he anticipates surrounding businesses would see an economic benefit as well.

“The other thing is to create a certain energy for the neighborhood,” he said. “I can see this becoming a catalyst to more business and to improve business in Forest Hills.”

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