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New Hotel to Bring 114 Additional Rooms Near Jamaica AirTrain Station

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 18, 2017 5:53pm
 A Jamaica-based developer is planning to build a new hotel near the Jamaica AirTrain station.
A Jamaica-based developer is planning to build a new hotel near the Jamaica AirTrain station.
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QUEENS — A Jamaica-based developer is planning to build a new hotel near the Jamaica AirTrain station, where several hotels are already planned over the next couple of years, documents show.

The new 36,375-square-foot hotel, at 97-11 Sutphin Blvd., two blocks away from the station, would be adjacent to the Sutphin Boulevard post office.

The nine-story structure, as first reported by YIMBY, would feature 114 rooms and 11 parking spaces, according to an application filed with the Department of Buildings last Friday.

In March, the company filed demolition permits for a one-story warehouse currently located at the site, purchased by the group in 2009 for $2,270,000, city records show.

The developer — AIH Group LLC — did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

But the address listed for the company on the DOB's website — 177-08 Liberty Ave. — matches the location of the former Sleep Inn in Jamaica, which opened around 2010.

A person who answered the phone at the location Monday said the hotel is now known as AIH Group and there are no rooms available until next year.

Various developers have plans to build at least 11 hotels in downtown Jamaica, which would bring about 1,500 hotel rooms to the area, in addition to about 400 rooms already available.  

Some hotel developers teamed up with large hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn and Wyndham Garden, while others are planning smaller buildings with lesser known brands. 

Over the years, locals have expressed concerns over too many hotels in the area, as some of the existing lodgings were turned into homeless shelters, including the former Quality Inn hotel at the 94th Avenue and 143rd Street near the AirTrain station. The hotel has since changed its name to “Retreat Inn.”