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White Plains' Metropolitan Plaza Launches Hotel

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Despite a volleyball court sized hole and lingering construction equipment along the western end of Main Street, some downtown residents, including Peter Turo, were unaware that a 130-room hotel would join his neighborhood by the end of 2012.

Turo, a Franklin Avenue resident, said he was open-minded about the $20 million Metropolitzan Plaza project.

"It brings work in, more work would be good," said Turo, 26, a substitute teacher. "Traffic is already terrible. It can't get worse."

Metropolitan Plaza, which has filled its phase one restaurant strip along with eateries such as Pearl Frozen Yogurt and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, broke ground on the second phase of its retail-hotel complex in late July. According to the application the Common Council approved Aug. 1, Metropolitan Plaza WP LLC will erect a 6-floor hotel above a two-story restaurant and retail base at 250 Main St. Guests will also have access to a 130-space parking garage in the basement.

Phase two also involves adding a 90,000-square-feet of office space above the restaurants along 258 through 270 Main Street.

Conrad Roncati, the architect behind the Metropolitan Plaza, said the hotel intends to open its doors by the end of 2012.

Metropolitan Plaza is expected to open up 100 construction positions and create another 100 permanent jobs, according to reports.

What do you think of the Metropolitan Plaza project? Are you concerned about increased traffic? Do you think it will help spur the economy by adding more jobs and raising tax revenue? Email thoughts to strangle@thedailywhiteplains.com and we'll include responses in future coverage.

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