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Marriott Eyeing Tennis Stadium

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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According to today’s Daily News:


After reading the article, my initial thoughts are we need a lot more information about this proposal. Would it incorporate the stadium without destroying it? Would it allow outside access for the entire community to the stadium for some interesting uses, such as concerts, a museum, tennis tournaments? If so, this sounds like a potentially interesting compromise.
One aspect I don’t like is the “extended stay” concept mentioned as part of the previous proposal. That is not the type of hotel which could benefit Forest Hills. A regular, short-stay hotel with a steady supply of tourists would be the only benefit to our community, I feel. We need to put Forest Hills on the map and create some more creative energy in our neighborhood. Energy that would distinguish us from suburbia, and also, the rest of NYC.
At the same time, this Marriott proposal would have to be something with class and style that is worthy of a New York City development.
  1. J
    October 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    A hotel would be even more of an eyesore that a condo. I remember when a hotel was proposed at the corner of Austin Street and 70th Road. That would be the end of Austin Street as we know it if that happened. Haven’t heard anything about it for a few years so hopefully it has been cancelled. http://www.heskelgroup.com/articles/0215chronicle.htm

  2. October 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    I remember that proposed hotel quite clearly and thought it was a great idea. An upscale Marriott resort would be anything but an eyesore. Have you ever been to a Marriott hotel? Classy, upscale and tasteful. But like I said, I think this proposal merits further investigation as long as they maintain the stadium and somehow incorporate it, and allow public use in a creative way.

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2010 at 4:45 PM

      I love the Marriott hotels. However, having one on Austin Street would create even more traffic than it already has. All the current shops would be forced out of business to make room for the hotel and new businesses.

      • October 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

        1. The Marriott would not be on Austin St. It would be in the vicinity of the Tennis Stadium.
        2. If this hotel that J is referring to is ever built on Austin, why would that force the stores there out of business? Because of lack of parking? The developer addresses those concerns in the article J linked to. And this is New York City – not everyone drives! Being near the LIRR and the subways, this hotel would certainly draw MORE shoppers into our area, not less. How many nice hotels are there in this area?

        • J
          October 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

          I don’t think #2 would force stores out because of parking. I think those businesses would either have to close shop or relocate while construction were in process for a couple years. Most wouldn’t be able to generate as much business at a relocated spot, therefore many would be out of business.

  3. Crossing Queens Blvd
    October 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I would prefer a Hilton Hotel. It would be exciting to see Paris hanging out at Martha’s Country Bakery.

  4. October 21, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    My colleagues and I feel that if a proposal entailing on-site development and restoring and reusing the stadium was ever drawn up, the hotel aspect might burden traffic, and some may debate whether a hotel would have a positive or negative effect on property values of the Forest Hills Gardens and adjacent sections of the neighborhood i.e. Van Court. It is doubtful the Forest Hills Gardens Corp would approve a hotel. If the iconic stadium was compromised, that would be detrimental anyway.

    Considering the fact that the Marriott has approached the West Side Tennis Club board at least twice before, even if it was in the 1990s, the chances of them submitting a proposal prior to November 15, 2010 are next to none. I speculate about that Daily News article, since there seems to be some misinformation. The spokesperson of the Marriott says in the article that “it’s news.”

    Let’s take a poll… How many of you would be interested in a low-scale Tudor design Marriott hotel on the parking lot parcel of the West Side Tennis Club with underground parking, and having the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium restored and creatively reused by a WSTC and Marriott partnership? The Marriott has some interest in tennis.

  5. Susan
    October 21, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Michael, I would be a fan of that proposal but the question becomes, just how much would it cost to renovate the Stadium and where is this money coming from? It’s literally in shambles and there has been no real interest by any outside sources to fund a renovation. It a huge expenditure for Marriott to under-take without a clear understanding of how a revitalized stadium will be used / generate a steady stream of revenue.

  6. October 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    According to published reports,an engineer said it would cost approximately $12 million to restore and upgrade the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. It has no structural problems as some claim, as a ruse to sell it quicker for demolition to condos. Sure the facade needs restoration work. All buildings that age need it at some point. That sum is relatively a fraction for an iconic site with international prestige and firsts in architectural, tennis, music, and social history. Major hotel chains are rich. The bottom line is that it’s important for the West Side Tennis Club and potentially any future owner or partner to be a creative visionary, and not demolish an irreplaceable part of Americana and international history. Not an impossible prospect if the WSTC (starting with them), greater community, electeds, city, state, and federal preservation agencies, and as many parties as imaginable contribute.

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