Variance approved for downtown Flushing hotel, office tower

Queens community board gives thumbs up
February 13, 2014 04:55PM

Community Board 7 has given the green light for a variance to allow a combination hotel and office tower to rise in downtown Flushing, Queens.

The development required 344 parking spots initially, because of the property’s 148-room size. But because of the site’s high water table, Attorney Richard Lobel asked that a reduced number be permitted — a move approved by a council vote of 28 to 2. The site will now hold 305 spots instead.

The board has also asked the developer to undertake a Department of Transportation traffic study, and the Board of Standards and Appeals will have the final say on the zoning change.

Plans for the project, which will consist of one 12-story hotel and a 14-story office tower at 36-18 Main Street in downtown Flushing, also include an office building front on Main StreetAnd An Intercontinental Hotel With Underground Parking On Prince Street. A two-level spa will be included between the buildings, and shops and a restaurant are also to be located there. [Queens Chronicle]Julie Strickland