Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 8:30 PM
A luxury hotel in Queens will rise after the project cleared its last legal hurdle, officials said Tuesday.
Plans to build the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Jamaica were blocked by a legal battle between the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. and Robin Eshaghpour, who owned a portion of the property.
Even though Eshaghpour had sold the property, he tried to hold onto a 99-year lease he had for the site.
Supreme Court Judge Duane Hart ruled Eshaghpour had to accept the $444,000 payment for his remaining interest in the property, g the way for Greater Jamaica to sell the land to developer Able Management Group.
“This is the first of what will be many positive and productive developments that take advantage of Jamaica’s unique transportation assets for the benefit of all those who live, work and visit the area,” Greater Jamaica president Carlisle Towery said.
The 240-room hotel will rise 24 stories across from the Air Train on Sutphin Blvd. — a 10-minute ride to JFK Airport and a 22-minute commute to midtown Manhattan via the Long Island Rail Road, Towery said.
Officials hope the 4-star hotel will lure business travelers and others to the once-rundown area that is now being redeveloped into a destination.