2016-09-07 / Front Page

Queens Motor Inn Faces Wrecking Ball

By Liz Goff
The Queens Motor Inn, a controversial short-stay motel in Woodside, is facing a wrecking ball to make way for a new residential development at the site.

The owner of the motel at 64-11 Queens Boulevard accepted a deal from a Woodside-based developer that will shut down the hot sheet motel in May 2017 to make way for construction of the new building, real estate sources said.

Terms of the agreement were not immediately released..

Building plans are sketchy, but initially call for 120 units at the site, including an undisclosed amount of affordable housing units, the sources said.

Real estate sources said the developer is not expected to break ground on the project until state lawmakers approve a new 421a tax abatement program. The program exempts property owners and developers from paying property taxes for up to 15 years.

Owners and developers raced to break ground on new projects before the exemption expired in January, experts said. A number of developers abandoned projects when they failed to put a first shovel in the ground prior to the January expiration date, the experts said.

The Queens Motor Inn has a troubled past, including a history of criminal activity, health and sanitation issues and a long lost of community complaints.

No date has been announced for the start of construction or completion of the project.

 

 

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