Hempstead looks to raze controversial hotel

A West Hempstead hotel that local residents say is a hotbed for drugs and violence may soon face the wrecking ball.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray says the town has struck a tentative deal with the Long Island Rail Road to begin a rezoning process that would lead to the Courtesy Hotel being demolished.
"It has been a constant source of criminality and so the residents naturally enough have felt a great deal of angst over the existence of this hotel," Murray says.
Murray says once the hotel at 130 Hempstead Ave. is razed, the town will team up with a developer to build 150 upscale apartments on the property.