With the MTA considering elimination of Long Island Rail Road weekend service to and from the West Hempstead train station, some have expressed concern over whether such a service cut would have an impact on the Alexan, an apartment complex to be built on the site of the Courtesy Hotel by develop Trammell Crow Residential.
Members of the West Hempstead community have long lobbied to be rid of the Courtesy Hotel. The Trammell Crow project seemed to be a viable solution since it provides housing adjacent to the West Hempstead train station.
However, some fear the elimination of weekend service would hurt the marketability of the apartments. Trammell Crow associate Maria Rigopoulos said a cut in weekend service would not prevent Trammell Crow from developing the site.
Rigopoulos said she understands the MTA has budget issues, but believes the Alexan figures to add more residents who will use the railroad from the West Hempstead station.
For those who have spoken out against the MTA's possible cuts, the good news is that the Alexan will still become a reality. According to Rigopoulos, Trammell Crow is finalizing site plan drawings.
- Joe Rizza