Rockaway Park Hotel Sold, Remains An SRO
A single-room occupancy building located on Rockaway’s main west end shopping street has been sold, and questions remain about just who will live in the renovated building.
Owner Jay Deutchman, who operates under the corporate name Beach Far Rockaway Partners LLC, wouldn’t go into many specifics of his plans for the renovated SRO when he spoke to a Wave reporter on Monday, other than to say that he will continue to use it as an SRO and seek out his own clientele.
When asked why he just didn’t keep the current tenants he said that there was too much drug use inside the building and that he did not want tenants such as those on the premises. Tenants reported they were each given $3,000 to move out of the hotel.
He declined to comment specifically on the types of government subsidies, with the exception of the potential rentals to Section 8 clientele, stating, “Some people go to programs,” but he would not elaborate on which types of program participants he would be seeking. He added that there would be an in-house interview process to determine which tenants receive rooms.
He also plans to use another 23-room SRO, at 154 Beach 114 Street, for an SRO as well. The vagueness of Deutchman’s plans for the two buildings has led to community speculation that they would become halfway houses for drug addicts or even be utilized for more housing for the mentally ill.
Democratic District Leader Lew M. Simon says he doesn’t know the owner, nor does he trust him.
“I had heard that it may be a halfway house of sorts for mental rehab,” he said. “But we don’t know yet.”
Simon says that he is frightened that once tenants are placed in there it will be hard to have them removed. Therefore he wants to meet with Deutchman and local civic and community leaders to get to the bottom of who will really be living in these two buildings.
“My first thought was, here we go again, Rockaway is always dumped on,” he said. Deutchman says it will probably be a few months before anyone occupies the buildings.