New Jackson Hotel Rumor (…..a Convention Center? WHAAAT?)

A few days ago I wrote about the Jackson (405 E. Broadway, Long Beach, NY) being renovated into another hotel:

See the article @ Sea by The City – July 16th: The Jackson To Remain a Hotel?

Yesterday, the AOL-Owned LB Patch got into the act with similar, plus additional info: It will be called The Long Beach Hotel with “122 rooms with nightly rates between $169 to $189.”

See the article @AOL-Owned LB Patch – July 17th: New Hotel to Replace The Jackson

Today (July 18th) I have a new “rumor” that is waaay out there, but I’m gonna post it anyway. This rumor comes from the same person who first emailed me about the Jackson all the way back in June:

See the article @ Sea By The City – June 7th: Jackson Hotel Sold? Being Renovated? [RUMOR ALERT!])

The new rumor is the following:

..A dentist is turning it into a convention center of some kind with a hotel so people attending conventions can stay over.  Who knows how true this is but we’ll see. 

So a convention center, eh?  This new Long Beach Hotel obviously wouldn’t be the next Jacob Javits Center, but smaller convention rooms have many uses; including trade shows, toys and comics conventions, etc. Surf wear expo anyone? So take this one with a grain of salt.. it’s still a rumor.

What about parking? The Jackson currently has none with no room to spare. Things in the East End off of Lincoln Blvd are about to get interesting…..

Here are some renovation photos. Mattress anyone?

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7 thoughts on “New Jackson Hotel Rumor (…..a Convention Center? WHAAAT?)”

  1. Outside of the parking nightmare it would create, a hotel doesnt seem feasable at that location. Being right next to suburban houses I dont think you can build higher than a 3 stories, in which case they would be left with only so many beds to house potential guests. With the amount of money they would have to put into the place to make it run well (somewhere north of 5 million and south of 10 million), and the fact that we are a seasonal resort town, if the hotel was filled to capacity it would take years for them to see a ROI (return on investment).

    Also, who the hell would be thier target market, Long Beach doesnt have a burgeoning business sector that has people from other parts of the country and world traveling here to do business (see Melville). And I know people say we are a tourist town, but where are our tourists coming from?? If I had to guess (and I am) 99% of them come from Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn. They come for the sun, they eat in our restaurants, they litter on our beaches, they start fights, but thank god that they leave. This is why Long beach isn’t a tourist town like LA or Manhattan are because our tourists are mainly local, and thats a good thing. We dont have the capacity and were not equipped to handle that type large scale tourism.

    In summation i’m at work, i’m bored, I havent gotten any in over a month, and a hotel would be a bad idea at this location for both Long beach residents and whomever the developer is.

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