QUEENS — Downtown Jamaica is turning into the borough’s epicenter of hotels.
Kaushik Patel, a Queens-based developer, filed an application last week with the Department of Buildings to build a new massive complex consisting of three adjacent hotels, joining a long list of lodging projects planned for the area.
The new complex, at the intersection of 146th Street, Sutphin Boulevard and 101st Avenue will bring nearly 400 rooms to the area, as first reported by The Real Deal.
One of the hotels, at 97-46 146th St., will consist of 108 rooms. Another, at 97-34 Sutphin Blvd., will feature 148 rooms, and the third one, at 145-01 101st Ave., will have 142 rooms, according to the DOB's website. All three buildings are slated to be 9-stories high and will offer 51 parking spaces.
He also said he expects the 166,000-square-feet complex to be completed in about two years.
In recent years, Jamaica has started attracting numerous hotel developers. The trend began after the AirTrain station opened on Sutphin Boulevard in 2003, connecting the neighborhood with JFK.
There are seven other hotels, which are currently planned for downtown Jamaica. Those projects would bring roughly 1,200 rooms, in addition to about 400 rooms that are now available in the area.
But Patel, who owns several other hotels throughout Queens, including a Ramada at 164-40 Hillside Ave. in Jamaica, said he was positive that his new project would be successful.
“We know the area,” Patel said. "[The complex] will feed the JFK market as well as local community."
PLANNED AND EXISTING HOTELS IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA