Hotel Association Does 180 on Javits Expansion

The Hotel Association of New York City has come out against the Javits Convention Center Expansion it long supported. The association is displeased with a plan to increase room taxes from $1.50 per night to $4.50 per night to help fund the expansion, according to a report in the New York Times.

If costs cannot be contained, the association recommends simply repairing and renovating the existing structure; others have expressed an interest in building a new facility at Sunnyside Yards in Queens to augment space at the Javits Center.

The Times reports that officials are currently reviewing five alternative projects that have more limited scopes; the review should be complete in January.