Spinola optimistic on No. 7 subway expansion

June 10, 2010 04:00PM

Steve Spinola

The No. 7 subway expansion may be close to realty — according to Steven Spinola, head of trade group the Real Estate Board of New York. Spinola told the Wall Street Journal that city officials are “seriously looking” at different options for the train extension construction. But Spinola might have spoken too soon on the $500 million project — according to a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, plans are still up in the air. “If a plan can be worked out that preserves the possibility of a station getting built in the future without delaying or adding cost to the project, we’re open to it,” the spokesperson said. “That remains a big if.” Spinola has emerged as a central figure in the fight for the proposed No. 7 station at the corner of 41st Street and 10th Avenue, claiming that “the ability to attract substantial investment, substantial jobs and substantial tax dollars over the next decade or two is tied to… a [new] station.” [WSJ]