Tag Archives: Jamaica Station

Developers set to bring 48-room hotel to Jamaica site

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

With Jamaica emerging as the latest frontier for development in the city, one developer plans to erect a hotel on the site of a vacant three-family home right in the heart of the neighborhood.

CPEX announced the completion of the $1 million sale of 145-07 95th Ave. in Jamaica to Pride Hospitality, which plans to demolish the home and build a 48-room hotel in its place.

The site is ideal for a hotel, according to CPEX, as the location is within walking distance of the Jamaica Station, which connects riders with the E and J/Z subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy Airport.

The new hotel would go up two blocks away from the corner of Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, where the BRP Development Corporation plans to build a $225 million, 22-story tower featuring 80,000 square feet of retail space and 400 apartments.

“We are big believers in the Jamaica, Queens, market,” said Sean Kelly, managing director of CPEX’s Development and Conversion Investment Sales Team, which represented the seller. “Developers’ confidence in this market continues to grow. They are attracted by the density, flexible zoning, affordable land prices, some of the best transportation in all of New York City and the established retail and office market in this central business district.”


Freight train derails near Jamaica station, affects LIRR service

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

Updated Thursday, May 15 7:20 a.m.

A  NY & Atlantic Railway freight train derailed just east of the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station Wednesday, impacting transit service during the afternoon and evening commute, the MTA said.

Three cars from the freight train derailed just before 3 p.m., blocking one track, according to a spokesman for the agency.  No injuries were reported and and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

As the evening commute started to wind down, eastbound service was operating on or close to schedule. The LIRR had to cancel four eastbound trains and delay about a dozen trains because of the derailment, according to the MTA.

The derailed cars were rerailed by the following morning, and the LIRR was operating normal rush hour service Thursday.







Jamaica Station celebrates 100 years

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the MTA

The bustling Jamaica Station recently celebrated a century as the transportation hub of southeast Queens.

“We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jamaica Station assured that it will continue to play a strategic role in the future of mass transit in our region,” said Thomas Prendergast, MTA Chair and CEO.

The station opened in 1913 and today takes in 150,000 daily commuters and is the transfer point for 10 of the LIRR’s 11 branches.

Jamaica Station was completely rehabilitated a decade ago, including the addition of the AirTrain terminal. Looking towards the future, the LIRR’s century-old headquarters building on Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard is going to be restored.

“We hope, with this restoration, to be here at least another 100 years,” said Helena Williams, LIRR President.

The station building is home to the oldest railroad in the country still operating under its original name. In the coming years, the MTA and LIRR are planning more than $300 million in infrastructure improvements as part of the first phase of the Jamaica Capacity Improvements Project. This phase will create a path from the station to Grand Central Terminal and East Midtown for the first time, among other additions.

The MTA Police Honor and Color Guard, railroad officials, MTA members, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) and local elected officials joined the 100th anniversary ceremony on October 23.

Carlisle Towery, GJDC President, said the station has been “key” to the organization’s efforts to revitalize the downtown Jamaica area.

“We look forward to the next 100 years of progress,” he said.