From the Queens Chronicle:
Plans for a 12-story hotel with 148 rooms and a 14-story office tower in downtown Flushing are one step closer to reality with approval of a variance Monday night by Community Board 7.
Attorney Richard Lobel asked that a reduction in parking be permitted because of the high water table at the site, 36-18 Main St. It is the former location of Peck’s office supply company. The board approved the request in a 28 to 2 vote, allowing 305 spots instead of the required 344.
The board asked the developer to seek a Department of Transportation traffic study and the placement of a light on 36th Avenue and Prince Street because of traffic concerns. The Board of Standards and Appeals will make the final decision on the zoning change.
Plans call for the office building to front on Main Street and an Intercontinental hotel and underground parking on Prince. There will also be a two-level spa between the buildings as well as shops and a restaurant.