The long-dilapidated Jackson Hotel in Long Beach has a new owner, and it is slated to get a new look and name.
The 120-room hotel was sold last month for $5 million, said Corey Klein, corporation counsel for Long Beach. The new owner, David Kadosh of 405 Hotel Llc, purchased it from Jackson Associates of Nassau Inc., Klein said.
The hotel will be renamed the Long Beach Hotel, and it will be used for dental and medical conferences every two months or so, in addition to renting rooms to vacationers, said Kadosh, a retired dentist who lives in Lawrence. Rooms will rent for less than $200 a night, he said.
"We're going to be very affordable, very friendly, very beautiful," he said. Workers have been clearing out debris, repainting walls and replacing old tiles with marble, among other upgrades, Kadosh said. The hotel is expected to open in two or three months, and it will offer valet parking at a nearby lot, he said.
The hotel was temporarily closed in 2009 after the city cited it for having insufficient smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, but the problems were eventually addressed, Klein said. Jackson Associates has owned the property since 1987, according to public records. The company could not be reached Monday.
Residents have expressed concern about the new owner's plans, but the property's 1968 certificate of occupancy only allows its use as a hotel, Klein said. "If they're looking to convert it into something else they'd have to get permission from the city," Klein said.
For the last few years, neighbors have called police on occasion to report that the hotel's shrubbery was used as a "public restroom," or that people were ducking furtively into its side alley, said Catherine LoCascio, who lives nearby. "We're all very interested . . . and I think it's safe to say we would welcome positive changes," she said.
After learning of the new owner's plans, she said she was surprised the hotel did not require more extensive renovations.
Still, she said, "that sounds like a good plan on the face of it."