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Astoria Approves IHI's Plans to Turn Historic Hotel into Apartments
The view in the reception area of the Hotel Merwyn
© JEFF DALY
The view in the reception area of the Hotel Merwyn.
For the past 30 years, the historic Hotel Merwyn (also known as the Waldorf Hotel) has been in desperate need of restoration. On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, the Astoria Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Innovative Housing, Inc. to turn the Merwyn into 40 affordable workforce housing units with retail space on the bottom floor.

The City's approval allows IHI to apply for State funds this spring to complete an historic renovation of the vacant and neglected hotel. IHI currently has the property under contract and will acquire it later this year. The historic building was built in 1926 by an Astoria businessman and is considered one of the best surviving examples of Late Commercial architectural style with Renaissance detailing in Astoria today.

Read more about the Astoria Planning Commission's decision in this article.