CB 10 Tables Hotel Until Next Meeting

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A proposed hotel in South Ozone Park will have to wait at least one month for approval after Community Board 10 denied the request last week.

A variance request for a hotel to be built at 132-10 149th Ave., was tabled until next month’s meeting, following concerns raised by CB 10.

Among their concerns were the proposed design of the hotel, the environmental impacts for the area and its close proximity to the controversial Skyway Center homeless shelter.

Pat Jones, the applicant from Choice Hotels International, a hotel corporation that owns hotel chains such as Comfort Inn, Quality Inn and Clarion, said the proposed 28,000 square-foot hotel would have 101 rooms and be four floors high.

Two concerns are regarding the proposed parking lot and entrance to the hotel. Board members were worried that, with the parking lot being on the opposite side of the entrance, customers would have difficulty parking their cars and walking to the entrance. Jones said this was designed on purpose to have people enter in one door to the hotel’s front desk.

Both Betty Braton, CB 10 chairperson, and John Calcagnile, head of the board’s land use committee, pressed Jones to change the entrance to make it more convenient for its customers and to keep people further away from the shelter. The entrance would be adjacent to the shelter if the company’s plan goes through.

“And you’re going to have people in and out of your parking lot who would not be aware of that,” Braton said, referring to the homeless shelter.

The board voted to table their proposal while they revise their plan. Jones said they would return next month.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.