Later in the article, others discuss that it may not be worth it, or possible, to save the station.MOUNT VERNON - A study of East Third Street that officials are targeting for a makeover concluded there's not much worth saving, except for a defunct train station that helped spur the city's development.
The former East Third Street Station at 222 E. Third St. near Fulton Avenue was once a major stop for the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway. With its Italianate design and arches along its facade, the station was the showpiece of the railroad's five stations in Mount Vernon, said historian Larry Spruill.
"It was an elegant train station for the very wealthy and it was constructed during Mount Vernon's golden age when Mount Vernon was the city of homes and it was a model for suburban Westchester," said Spruill, author of the book "Mount Vernon (Images of America)."
In Mount Vernon's Draft Environmental Impact Statement, a document that will guide the city's rezoning of the area, the authors noted that the East Third Street Station was the only property in the area with a potential National Register of Historic Places status. However, damage to the building's facade since a 1986 historic preservation study has decreased the station's eligibility for placement on the National Register, according to the environmental impact statement.