From the Daily News:
A southeast Queens development group is seeking to turn downtown Jamaica into a shopping and hospitality hub.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. and the city have released requests for proposals for commercial or hospitality projects at two separate sites across the street from the AirTrain station to Kennedy Airport.
“A lot of people come through Jamaica, but don’t come to Jamaica,” Greater Jamaica President Carlisle Towery said Thursday. “We want it to be a destination.”
The area is known for its discount shopping and abundance of public transportation.
In the last few years, small hotels have also begun to sprout up in downtown Jamaica. Plans are in the works for a half-acre park, and now two residential projects are slated to go up.