Springfield Gardens residents are declaring victory in a battle to keep a hot-sheets motel out of their neighborhood - but the property's owner isn't throwing in the towel just yet.
Saliesh Gandhi contends he can still build the motel on North Conduit Ave. despite newly enacted zoning laws, his lawyer said.
"This motel has vested rights to continue under the old zoning," said Gandhi's lawyer Jordan Most. "Mr. Gandhi is proceeding with the project."
The city recently rezoned a large swath of southeast Queens, including parts of North Conduit.
The previous zoning allowed for two-story commercial buildings. Under the new rules, only one-story buildings are allowed.
Gandhi will take the case to the city Board of Standards and Appeals, Most said.
But locals were confident the rezoning has closed the door on the proposed motel, which they fear would attract an unsavory clientele.
Rezoning slams door on planned Springfield Gardens motel - maybe