What kind of tourists will want to stay at a hotel next to a string of junkyards?
Residents worry hotel may become den of prostitution
That's the question community leaders want the hotel's owner to answer at a meeting in November on the new Best Western hotel being constructed off the Sheridan Expressway.
The 64-room Best Western is located on a service road lined with salvage yards. On one side is an auto-wrecking business, on the other, a boiler repair business.
There is not even an expressway exit ramp near the location, which leads critics to wonder how the hotel would attract tourists or motorists.
This has fueled speculation that the hotel either will be used by the city to house the homeless or will become a den of prostitution, known on the streets as a "hot sheet" motel.
The building of hotels and motels in light industrial areas has become such a problem that Borough President Adolfo Carrion has called for a moratorium on such facilities in these areas.