Room for one more? A new 16-story hotel planned for Long Island City

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In a neighborhood filled with hotels, developer Teddy Li is planning to construct yet another one in Long Island City.

The hotel, which will be located at 38-59 11th St., will rise 16 stories and include 116 rooms, according to permits filed with the Department of Buildings. The project will span 54,164 square feet, The Real Deal first reported.

According to permits, the building will also include 31 parking spots in the cellar. Last November, The Real Deal analyzed upcoming hotel projects in the five boroughs and found that Long Island City was the most popular spot for hotel development outside of Manhattan. Since 2010, there have been 45 hotel projects planned in the neighborhood, the outlet found.

LIC Partnership, the neighborhood’s development corporation, released a real estate snapshot in 2017 that outlined how much development Long Island City has seen and should expect.

As of March 2017, there were 29 hotels operating in the neighborhood and an additional 35 in the planning or construction phases. This translates to more then 2,900 current hotel rooms and more than 4,670 future hotel rooms.

Local residents have been weary of hotel announcements, as the mayor’s office has been using hotels to get the homeless crisis in the city under control. Last month, the Department of Homeless Services announced that it would open one of several permanent transitional homes at a Fairfield Inn in the Blissville section of Long Island City.

Residents were outraged, arguing that with addition of this new shelter, the number of homeless people will outnumber residents. The City View Inn, located at 33-17 Greenpoint Ave., began admitting homeless families last July and the city recently moved the families out to begin housing 100 homeless men in the hotel.

The nearby Best Western Hotel at 38-05 Hunters Point Ave. also houses about 150 homeless families.

Gene Kaufman Architect PC is responsible for the design of this new hotel. It is not clear when construction will be completed and Li did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.

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