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New Hotel Near AirTrain in Jamaica Expected to Break Ground Early Next Year

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 18, 2013 7:45pm
 A rendering of a new hotel coming to downtown Jamaica.
A rendering of a new hotel coming to downtown Jamaica.
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Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

QUEENS — The construction of a $35 million hotel planned near the Jamaica AirTrain station, is expected to begin early next year, after the project was approved by the MTA board Wednesday, officials said.

The proposed hotel will be built at 93-43 Sutphin Blvd. directly across the street from the LIRR station, the E and J subway lines and the AirTrain service to JFK Airport.

The 24-story hotel will bring more than 200 new rooms to the area, a sit-down restaurant and a business center, according to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a local nonprofit development group, which owns a portion of the hotel site.

It will also provide ground-floor retail space designed to look similarly to other stores along the newly reconstructed Sutphin Underpass, according to the Greater Jamaica plan.

The proposed three-and-a-half star hotel — which would be built and managed by Able Management Group, a Long Island-based developer — will be comparable in its amenities to Hilton Garden Inn, Greater Jamaica said.

“This is a big day for Jamaica, with the approval of the hotel project by the MTA,” said Carlisle Towery, president of Greater Jamaica. “We are looking forward to construction starting early next year.”

The project, backed by the MTA’s Finance Committee Monday, also required the full MTA board's approval because the agency owns about a third of the site.

Able Hotels has agreed to buy the entire property for $4.5 million, according to a Greater Jamaica spokesman.