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Greater Jamaica, LIRR get hotel deal

Long Island firm proposes 24-story, 200+ room facility by Jamaica Sta.

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:45 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 24-story hotel across from the Long Island Rail Road on land owned by the LIRR and the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

No construction or opening dates were immediately available, but the GJDC said that the Able Management Group, which has properties which include hotels in Plainview and Brentwood on Long Island, is planning for more than 200 rooms plus retail space and a full-service restaurant on the street level.

“Able Hotels’ commitment to build this hotel is a major step in our long-term dream of seeing private investment augmenting Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s pubic partnership with the MTA and the Port Authority in enhancing downtown Jamaica’s unique potential for development,” said GJDC president Carlisle Towery in a statement issued Tuesday.

“No other neighborhood in New York offers the convenience of a wide array of commercial and retail outlets, combined with subways, the Long Island Rail Road, buses and the AirTrain providing quick and easy access to John F. Kennedy Airport, just a 10-minute ride away,” he said.

Viral Patel, CEO of Able Hotels, said in the statement that he and his company are excited about the project.

“The location is well-suited for a hotel, as it is directly across from and easily accessible to the Jamaica transit system,” Patel said. “We look forward to successful completion of the project and becoming part of the downtown Jamaica business community.”

Documents obtained Tuesday from the MTA’s Finance Committee show that the site contains vital infrastructure for both Con Edison and the LIRR. Under the agreement, they must remain undisturbed or be relocated at no cost to the railroad or the GJDC.

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  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 10:48 pm on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 58

    Not only will this be a coup for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation but a coup to the Jamaica area, which finally (and hopefully) this may be the move to spur more good development, cleanup the area and bring in more quality businesses. Let's face it Jamaica cannot go any lower to the bottom, it is already there, so there is no where to go but up. There is too much potential here to continually be wasted over and over again.

    But if they do not cleanup the area and create good development, this place will just be a waste and sit, just like the retail space under the overpass, all that space (and money) has been sitting empty for a couple of years with the exception of the one space which recently has a god awful bus shuttle terminal to take people to the gambling resort (which goes against the funding for this space, it was to only be retail).

    I still try to keep somewhat of an optimistic attitude because I do live here and want to see change. Remember though many areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn were bad areas that eventually turned around. This can still happen to Jamaica, but only with top notch leadership willing to stick their neck out, take action and follow through, which we have none of those types of leaders as of yet.

    But you have to at least try something, otherwise your alternative is nothing, which solves nothing. Pretty much what our leaders are doing now, NOTHING.
    http://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/

     
  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 7:11 pm on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 58

    Not only will this be a coup for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation but a coup to the Jamaica area, which finally (and hopefully) this may be the move to spur more good development, cleanup the area and bring in more quality businesses. Let's face it Jamaica cannot go any lower to the bottom, it is already there, so there is no where to go but up. There is too much potential here to continually be wasted over and over again.

    But if they do not cleanup the area and create good development, this place will just be a waste and sit, just like the retail space under the overpass, all that space (and money) has been sitting empty for a couple of years with the exception of the one space which recently has a god awful bus shuttle terminal to take people to the gambling resort (which goes against the funding for this space, it was to only be retail).

    I still try to keep somewhat of an optimistic attitude because I do live here and want to see change. Remember though many areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn were bad areas that eventually turned around. This can still happen to Jamaica, but only with top notch leadership willing to stick their neck out, take action and follow through, which we have none of those types of leaders as of yet.

    But you have to at least try something, otherwise your alternative is nothing, which solves nothing. Pretty much what our leaders are doing now, NOTHING.

    http://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/