QUEENS — It's TITLE Boxing Club in the second round.
Community Board 6, which includes Forest Hills and Rego Park, voted Wednesday to recommend that a new boxing club be given a special operating permit by the city after rejecting the push last month because the club's owner did not show up to the community board meeting.
The board said Wednesday it had given Danny Azzo, the owner of TITLE Boxing Club Forest Hills, another a chance to get back in the ring after Azzo said he never received notice of the meeting.
The club, at 69-32 Austin St., needs a special permit because the current zoning does not allow sport venues to operate in the area without approval, said Steven Goldberg, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee at CB6.
Goldberg said the committee had a number of questions for Azzo, including hours of operation and whether the ring installed at the club will be used for training only or for bouts as well.
“As far as I know, they were mailed the notice and they were telephoned the notice,” Goldberg said. “They said they didn’t get either so we said ‘ok, we’ll give you a second chance’ which very rarely happens.”
Azzo contacted the board before the previous recommendation was sent to the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, which make decisions regarding permits.
Goldberg said that Azzo answered the board’s questions and reassured the members that the boxing ring is there only for training purposes.
Azzo said he was happy the problem was resolved and added that the club has already become popular with boxing enthusiasts. “It’s looking good, people are happy,” he said.
According to the Board of Standards and Appeals, the applicants can seek a special permit after they have already began operating.