The Shops at Station Plaza renovation project began in 2009 to transform the street under the LIRR tracks. Prior to renovations, the space was as a dark and dreary underpass serving as storage space for the railroad.
That space has drastically changed, with new lighting and new businesses.
Last Friday, Congressman Gregory Meeks said many people thought it was impossible to revitalize the area.
“This becomes contagious,” he said. “It’s an investment in the community, and it’s a part of this whole area being developed.”
Farina Wang, who in addition to the new Dunkin’ Donuts owns two other small businesses in the area, now employs almost 50 people.
“It was a long journey with a lot of bumps,” she said.