Saturday, July 15, 2017
East Elmhurst hotel to close and make way for ....?
From the Queens Chronicle:
An East Elmhurst hotel previously thought to become a homeless shelter will close its doors on Oct. 1, due to “economic” reasons, according to a notice from the state Department of Labor.
The agency’s “Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification” website posted on July 3 that the Courtyard by Marriott LaGuardia Hotel, located at 90-10 Grand Central Pkwy., will close and 144 employees will be affected.
The reason was only listed as “economic” and no further details were available.
The hotel was in the headlines last October when East Elmhurst officials blasted the city Department of Homeless Services for failing to notify the community of plans to house 60 single men there.
“As with prior occasions, DHS has completely failed to inform both elected officials and community members of their plans to house any individuals at this facility,” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said in a joint statement at the time.
The DHS back then denied any plans to convert the hotel into a shelter — saying it had received no offers to put homeless services at the site. The agency says it still has no plans to use the location.