Nov. 26. 2018 By Laura Hanrahan
One of New York City’s biggest hotel developers, Sam Chang, has his eye on Long Island City for his next big project.
Chang filed plans today with the Department of Buildings for a 14-story, 283-room hotel at 52-02 Van Dam St., just one block from the Fairfield Inn Motel, currently being used as a homeless shelter.
The new hotel, which will total 81,706 square feet, will replace an existing one-story industrial building on the property. The development will feature a restaurant, bar, rooftop terrace and 35 underground parking spots.
The developer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This will be Chang’s second hotel proposal in Long Island City this year. In May, he filed plans for a 324-room hotel at 38-39 9th St.
The Van Dam Street hotel would go up in a light manufacturing zone. The filing comes at a time when hotel development in manufacturing zones is the subject of debate in the city council.
The City Council is expected to vote in favor a zoning text amendment in coming weeks that would make it tougher for developers to build hotels in manufacturing zones. Under the proposal, developers would have to get their plans approved via a public review process like a rezoning. This development, however, would not be subject to that requirement given the date of the filing.
we need assurance from Commissioner Banks of DHS and JVB that this hotel will not be turned into a Homeless Shelter. Blissville has done more than its fair share. A real hotel will be good for the neighborhood. The previous hotels had a positive impact on the neighborhood and local businesses before being converted to shelters
I’m sure the rooftop views of the homeless shelter will be breathtaking!
Wonderful, how could this go wrong.
I am so sorry for voting Ocasio-Cortez. She is an ignorant misguided liberal who is unfit for office. She will be a one term congresswoman.
You sound so foolish. Where are you getting your information on what she has been doing? (be advised: the new Congress starts January 2.) Please do not feel as if you need to share anymore.
WTF!!!! ANOTHER HOMELESS HOTEL COMING TO BLISSVILLE?? Who is approving these plans??? This project being built with EB-5 Chinese gov’t funded money – only to be leased out to politically connected friends of JVB and the Mayor these Not-for-Profits who operate homeless shelter system with us the taxpayer footing the bill to the tune of hundreds of dollars per night. A few get rich on our taxpayer dime. JVB and Mayor DiBlasio pay back their political favors to the connected few who run a Homeless Hotel/Not-For-Profit Syndicate. Why is everyone so afraid to blow the lid on this scam? What guarantees can Lisa Deller of CB2 and Jimmy Van Bramer our beloved councilman give us that this won’t become a homeless shelter??? APPARENTLY NONE!!!! – Lisa Deller is the Chairperson of the land use committee and Jimmy well he’s worthless. They are not looking out for this community.
Very Large Hotel,WOW..LOOKS LIKE HOUSING IS GOING TO BE SKY HIGH FOR SURE..IM NOT SHOCKED TO SAY THE LEAST.
FOREIGN INVESTORS FROM CHINA HAVE TAKEN ALL OF QUEENS BOULEVARD AND MAIN STREET, NOW ELMHURST,SUNNYSIDE ETC.
THIS IS PURE CHINESE INVESTORS PUTTING THEIR TARIFF FREE MONEY TO WORK IN QUEENS.
MORE POWER TO THEM,BUT AGAIN NO LOYALITY FROM ANY R.E.I.T INVESTMENT GROUPS TOWARDS OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.
HENCE,THERE GOES OUR NEIGHBORHOODS..ALL FOR A LIUSY BUCK..NEVER HAS NEW YORK OUTER BOROUGHS SEEN THIS TYPE INVESTMENT AND DESTRUCTION EVER..SO PREDICTABLY SAD..GO DIBLASIO,AND CUOMO..GREAT JOB..
We can hear you GEORGE. Damn, turn off the caps-it doesn’t make what you comment any clearer.
Whatever content is in your comment gets obscured by the format. Most of us do not read posts written in all-caps. If you want to be heard, stop shouting. If it’s too inconvenient, accept the fact that you will be ignored by the majority.