WEST HEMPSTEAD - The Town of Hempstead says it has reached a deal with Mill Creek Residential Trust to demolish the Courtesy Hotel.

Officials say they plan to transform the building's lot into a 150-room apartment complex with luxury amenities. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray says the hope is that the new building will attract a young crowd to the community and boost the local economy.

Residents say the hotel has been a known haven for crime and they are happy to hear the eyesore will finally be torn down.

Officials say construction is expected to start in the spring.