White Plains residents debate plan to build a hotel complex downtown

Plans to build a 35-story Westin Hotel and condominium complex on Main Street is drawing praise and criticism in White Plains. The White Plains Common Council is considering the $300 million project, and as part of the environmental review process, they are listening to residents' concerns.

Some say the project will simply add to a bad traffic situation in downtown White Plains. They fear with new hotel space and living quarters, Main Street would become even more congested. Others, however, welcomed the project saying how White Plains is in need of a new hotel. The developer, Louis Cappelli, who is also building the City Center, says residents must decide whether they want downtown White Plains to expand and grow.

Residents have until September 19 to weigh in on the hotel complex plans. They are encouraged to share their opinions by writing to city hall. The common council is expected to make a decision in December.

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