Lawmakers tour abandoned Amtrak station, announce plans to rebuild it as community center

The station, which served along Amtrak's New York-New Haven-Hartford line, was built in 1908 and was only open for a few decades before it shut down in the 1960s.

News 12 Staff

Feb 18, 2022, 10:34 PM

Updated 830 days ago

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Lawmakers toured the abandoned Cass Gilbert Amtrak station on Westchester Avenue, announcing that it could soon open its doors to the public once again.
The station, which served along Amtrak's New York-New Haven-Hartford line, was built in 1908 and was only open for a few decades before it shut down in the 1960s. Officials say their main goal is to rebuild the station and allow it to serve as a multipurpose community center.
It's most known for its iconic interior designed by prominent American architect Cass Gilbert. Amtrak still owns the property and planned on demolishing it, but community advocates say they didn't want to lose this piece of the South Bronx.
They got to work creating plans to transform the property, including renovating the station, building a new pedestrian bridge and connecting the land to the Commercial Corridor, Concrete Plant Park and the Bronx River Green Way Trail.
Friday's announcement was coordinated by the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice. The stakeholders spearheading the project include Sobro, Loving The Bronx, Bronx River Alliance, Concrete Friends, Fannie Lou Hammer Freedom High School and Rep. Ritchie Torres.
"We have an obligation to preserve our history here in the Bronx, and we in the Bronx deserve the same standard of historic presentation as the rest of the city and the rest of the country," Torres says.
Officials say the project could cost between $10 million and $15 million, so stakeholders will work to secure funding.


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