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CB 10 says no to hotel, yes to gym

LA Fitness plans to open on Conduit

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:25 am, Thu Dec 19, 2013.

Community Board 10 took up two land use issues last Thursday night, one involving a proposed hotel and another on a planned gym due to open in a new shopping strip.

Revisiting the proposed variance that the board tabled last month for a hotel slated for 149th Avenue and 132nd Street — a site zoned for industrial use — CB 10 Land Use Committee Chairman John Calcagnile said he had met with the hotel’s developers and some of the issues that were brought up at the November meeting had been addressed. Those included moving the hotel’s entrance to face south into the parking lot and a guarantee from the hotel’s owner that it would never become a homeless shelter, as the former Skyway Motel, across the street from the site of the proposed hotel, did several years ago.

Nevertheless, Calcagnile said the committee voted not to approve the variance because not all of its committee’s demands were met and the South Ozone Park Civic Association had opposed the plan. He also noted another hotel nearby was not given a variance by the adjacent community board.

“Before we had the meeting, there was another hotel proposed [in Community District 12] and the community board there voted against it,” he said.

CB 10 voted unanimously, with one abstention, to not grant the variance.

On a second issue, LA Fitness is planning to open a gym in a new shopping center that is proposed at Linden Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue in Lindenwood and needs a land use variance from the board.

Joann Ariola, president of the Lindenwood Alliance, said she was in full support of the gym’s opening.

CB 10 member John Fazio inquired about security issues in the parking garage during overnight hours since the gym will be open 24 hours, but Chairwoman Betty Braton said those issues would need to be addressed to the developer.

The board later voted unanimously to grant the variance.

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