2010-07-02 / Community

Rockaway Park Hotel Closer To Re-Opening

The single-room occupancy Rockaway Park Hotel, on the peninsula’s main west end shopping street, is one step closer to re-opening, but it is still unclear who exactly will inhabit the building.

Twin sized beds lined the streets outside the hotel this week as it gets closer to moving day for the new tenants, most of whom new owner Jay Deutchman says, will be living on government subsidies and attending “programs,” such as drug rehabilitation.

Anything other than the limited details provided by Deutchman remains a mystery to residents and business owners in the area. The property at 158 Beach 116 Street was purchased for $2.7 million back in April. Deutchman, who operates under the corporate name Beach Far Rockaway Partners LLC, also bought the property at 154 Beach 114 Street and will utilize it for the same purpose.

He is seeking out his own clientele and insisted he kicked out the existing tenants from the building because of excessive drug use on the premises. According to former tenants, he gave them $3,000 each to vacate the hotel immediately.

Community leaders, small business owners, and residents who have long awaited the renaissance of Beach 116 Street feel this could be a setback for the shopping district’s revitalization as expressed in several letters to The Wave.

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