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.