Proposed hotel complex threatens historic White Plains building
Plans to build a 35-story Westin Hotel and condominium complex on Main Street in White Plains is threatening an historic building. As part of the $300 million project, developers want to knock down the landmark Bar Building to make room for a hotel driveway.
The 1920s art deco Bar Building is said to have been the tallest building in Westchester at one point. The building's owner and about 100 tenants gathered at a city council meeting to protest the hotel project. Building owner Anthony Langhitano says he does not want to sell the building. According to tenants, any new housing that is built along with the hotel complex will be too expensive for them.
The city council says building the proposed hotel and condominium property would be an economic boon for the city, and they're considering acquiring the block through eminent domain. The council will have to weigh its decision against some of the vocal opponents of the project. Some say the project will simply add to an already bad traffic situation in downtown White Plains. They fear with new hotel space and living quarters, Main Street would become even more congested.
The final White Plains Common Council vote on the hotel project is tentatively scheduled for the end of January.