2010-04-30 / Editorial/Opinion

A Bad Sign For Rockaway’s Renaissance

Jay Deutchman has just purchased two old beach hotels in Rockaway Park and it sounds as if those two properties are going to have a negative impact on the west end’s major shopping street. The two propertied are the former Rockaway Park Hotel, located at 158 Beach 116 Street, and an existing single-room occupancy (SRO) building at 154 Beach 114 Street. While Deutchman was vague about how he plans to use the two buildings, which he is currently renovating, he does say that all of the tenants will get government subsidies in one form or another. He admitted that he is looking for Section 8 tenants, as well as those with other government subsidies, but he wasn’t sure which programs he was going to be looking at. “I like guaranteed rent,” Deutchman told a Wave reporter. Former tenants at the Rockaway Park Hotel told us that Deutchman paid each resident $3,000 to get out. It sounds like he has bigger fish to fry and, as always in Rockaway, the rumors swirl. One of the workmen rehabbing the building on Sunday told a Wave reporter that the Rockaway Park hotel was going to become a halfway house for recovering drug addicts. A local pol told us that it would be used as a home for mental health rehab. Deutchman would not answer those rumors directly, leading us to believe that they may be more truth than rumor. In any case, Beach 116 Street does not need more disaffected residents wandering the sreet. There are enough street people there already, panhandling and generally bothering

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