July 17, By Jason Cohen
A hotel in East Elmhurst is about to close and the City says that it is not being converted into a homeless shelter despite persistent rumors saying otherwise.
The Courtyard by Marriott LaGuardia Hotel, located at 90-10 Grand Central Parkway, is closing in October, according to state documents. The company cited economic reasons for shutting down.
Rumors that it would become a homeless shelter gained traction last October when Rep. Joe Crowley, State Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Francisco Moya issued a joint statement saying the hotel had potentially been slated to house a population of up to 60 homeless single men.
On Thursday, these fears resurfaced when the East Elmhurst Corona Alliance and Hiram Monserrate, who is running for City Council, held a rally protesting the rumored shelter.
However, the city rejected these claims.
“These rumors are as unequivocally false today as they were in October–and we’re not sure where they began,” DHS spokesman Isaac McGinn said. “DHS has never had a presence in this site, period–nor have we discussed shelter at this location.”