QNS. POL RIPS CONDO 'CON JOBS'
By REUVEN FENTON, NY Post
A Queens councilman yesterday called for a change in zoning laws to prevent the construction of hotels in residential areas as "a back-door way" to build condos.
Democrat Eric Gioia said 11 hotels are being built in a 12-block area of Long Island City and they could easily be converted into condos if the owners claim that business is bad, skirting regulatory laws.
"It can be a back-door way to build condos that couldn't be built otherwise," Gioia said.
Proposal Seeks To Change Hotel Approval Process
Special to the Sun
Hotel developers could face a more rigorous approval process under a proposal by City Council member Eric Gioia of Queens.
According to Mr. Gioia, hotels built in the Dutch Kills section of Queens face fewer barriers because the area is still zoned for manufacturing, even though it now contains residential housing as well.
"It's a loophole in the law because ten or fifteen years ago, no one wanted to build a hotel in Queens," Mr. Gioia said yesterday. "But now with economic development in all five boroughs you have these buildings that are totally out of character with the neighborhood."
Mr. Gioia is asking that developers be required to obtain a special permit from the Department of City Planning before construction and face scrutiny from the City Council and community groups.
Eric! This kind of talk might get you kicked out of the doorman's union. I suppose you just noticed that this was a problem in your district?