The city has approved plans to renovate and bring up to code the seven-story, 216-unit former Pan Am hotel, which was turned into a homeless shelter back in June of 2014. The building, at 79-00 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, is located five blocks west of the Grand Av – Newtown stop on the M/R trains. DNAinfo reports Samaritan Village, the facility’s operator, will file plans with the city by June for the construction work. Some upgrades include a children’s playground, a day care facility, and a cafeteria. Samaritan will receive roughly $23 million in funding from the city over the next couple years to carry out construction. The city’s Department of Homeless Services will help in the relocation of families during the renovation.
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