17-story hotel to be built over LIC parking facility

LIC 17-story hotel site
Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

With about 20 new hotels in five years, it’s easy to see that Long Island City has become a hot hotel neighborhood in the city.

Now, the burgeoning neighborhood is set to double the number of new hotels with nearly 20 more hotels planned, according to information from business advocacy organization LIC Partnership. A construction permit to begin work on one of the new hotels was filed with the Buildings Department on Christmas Eve.

Anthony Pecora, president of Forte Italia LLC, filed permits to construct a 17-story hotel with 243 rooms at 41-08 Crescent St.

The hotel will have nearly 150,000 square feet of space, and there will be a 127-space enclosed parking garage. Dan Ionescu Architects is designing the building.

Forte Italia acquired the site in 1998, according to property records. The site is currently a parking facility.

This development falls in line with the trend of transforming parking garages into major developments, much like recent plans for other projects filed throughout the city.

Last month, the owner of the parking garage at 30-17 40th Ave. in Long Island City also filed permits with the Department of Buildings to construct a new 10-story mixed-use residential and commercial tower on the site of the lot.