From the Daily News:
THE DEVELOPER behind a controversial yet thriving College Point spa plans to open a boutique hotel in an abandoned newspaper office in Flushing, Queens News has learned.
Steve Chon, whose Spa Castle sparked fears of parking woes and overdevelopment during its construction in 2006, hopes to lure lodgers to the bustling stretch of Northern Blvd. by Union St.
A banner along the proposed hotel site bills a "high-end luxurious boutique hotel coming soon." Work permits indicate the construction will finish next year.
Chon did not return phone and email messages for comment, but his associate, Yong Seok Choi, confirmed plans for the hotel.
Locals said the heavily-trafficked area near Flushing High School seems an unusual spot for a "boutique hotel" - a term that usually refers to an intimate, stylish place to stay.
Chon can build the Flushing hotel "as of right" - meaning without a zoning variance by the city.