Commercial

Gottlieb to Helm Robert Martin’s New Life Sciences/Health Tech Initiative

October 2019

ELMSFORD—The Robert Martin Company LLC, which boasts a suburban office, flex and retail portfolio of more than 6 million square feet, announced on Oct. 2 it is expanding its operations to service the life sciences/health tech industry. Leading the effort will be Laurence Gottlieb, who was named managing director, Life Sciences and Health Technologies. Gottlieb…

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LEGOLAND New York Resort to Open on July 4, 2020

October 2019

GOSHEN—While construction continues in earnest at the property and on a new adjacent exit on Route 17 here, LEGOLAND New York announced on Oct. 2 that it will stage its grand opening celebration on July 4, 2020. “The Fourth of July means family,” said LEGOLAND New York Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman, “and at LEGOLAND…

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Houlihan Lawrence Commercial’s LaPerch Joins HVEDC Advisory Board

September 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE—The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. has announced that Tom LaPerch, commercial director with Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate of Rye Brook, has joined its Advisory Board. LaPerch, a 30-year real estate professional with additional expertise in marketing and government land planning, serves as commercial director for Houlihan Lawrence out of the company’s Rye Brook office.…

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HomeGoods Property in Mount Kisco Sells for $6.8M in 1031 Exchange Deal

September 2019

MOUNT KISCO—The HomeGoods retail property at 3 East Main St. here has been sold in a 1031 exchange transaction valued at $6.8 million. The deal for the 24,834-square-foot building on 1.24 acres was reported by tech brokerage and trading platform firm B+E of New York City. The property was sold by The Kempner Corp. of…

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Westchester County Association Officially Launches Search for New Leader

September 2019

WHITE PLAINS—After negotiations ended in June on a proposed merger with the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., the Westchester County Association has announced the official launch of a search for a new president and CEO to replace longtime leader William M. Mooney Jr. Mooney will retire as of as of Dec. 31, 2019. The WCA…

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Economic Diversity Will Fuel Growth in Orange County

September 2019

GOSHEN—The Orange County economy is rapidly evolving into a diverse set of growing industries that are yielding significant investment and new jobs to the area. A recent briefing by the Orange County Partnership to key business leaders and stakeholders at the Newburgh Brewing Co. in Newburgh showcased the various new projects on the boards and…

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Panelists Envision Continued Strong Growth For Orange County Commercial Markets

September 2019

MIDDLETOWN—The Orange County Partnership recently presented one of the most informative and frank discussions on the commercial real estate market in memory. Part of the Orange County Partnership’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Summit held at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown on June 19, the panel, moderated by Joe Deegan, managing director, SVN Deegan-Collins…

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Mayors Say Natural Gas Moratorium Not Having Much Impact on New Development Projects

September 2019

RYE BROOK—The mayors of New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers recently told an audience of real estate professionals that the natural gas moratorium imposed by utility Con Edison earlier this year is not putting a dent in investor interest or development activity in their respective Westchester County cities. New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, White Plains…

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$100M Film Studio to Be Developed at iPark Hudson Complex in Yonkers

September 2019

YONKERS—In what city officials say is a “game changer” for Yonkers, Lionsgate, in partnership with Great Point Capital Management, announced plans on Sept. 5 to build a $100-million film and television studio here. Great Point Capital Management, a media-focused investment fund run by Robert Halmi and Fehmi Zeko, announced it had signed a letter of…

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Atlas Air Extends HQ Lease in Purchase; To Spend $38 Million on Upgrades

September 2019

PURCHASE—Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is staying in Westchester County and is in fact renewing and extending its headquarters lease long-term at 2000 Westchester Ave. here and investing nearly $38 million on office space upgrades and equipment. The company and New York State officials jointly announced that Atlas Air had signed a long-term lease renewal for…

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Rye-Based Acadia Completes $403M in Deals

September 2019

RYE—Acadia Realty Trust, which is based in Rye, announced on Sept. 6 that subsequent to the second quarter of 2019, the company completed approximately $166 million of transactions. Year to date, Acadia Realty has completed approximately $403 million of transactions—$329 million of fund acquisitions and $74 million of core transactions—with another $47 million under contract.…

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Pioneer Westchester Commercial RE Developer Robert Weinberg Dies

September 2019

NEW YORK—While visionary commercial and residential developer Robert Weinberg passed away at his home in Manhattan at the age of 90 on Sept. 3, his legacy in Westchester County and the surrounding suburbs will live on for generations to come. Weinberg will be best remembered for co-founding Robert Martin Company of Elmsford with partner Martin…

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Iconic Retailer Lord & Taylor to be Acquired in $100M Deal

August 2019

SAN FRANCISCO—Le Tote Inc. a women’s fashion rental subscription service based in San Francisco, has reached an agreement with Hudson’s Bay Co. of Toronto to acquire iconic retailer Lord & Taylor. Lord & Taylor has a significant presence in the New York metro area, including stores in Eastchester, Yonkers and West Nyack in the Hudson…

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Grand Concourse Building Trades for More Than $7 Million

August 2019

NEW YORK—Kathy Zamechansky, president of KZA Realty Group, Inc., reported the firm recently brokered a deal to sell an 11-story commercial building at 2021 Grand Concourse for $7.25 million. Built in 1927, the property includes 59,292 square feet of commercial space and a pharmacy on the ground floor. Zamechansky represented the seller, Bronx-based Gara Realty…

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Hudson Rail Tunnel Project Cost Reduced by $1.4 Billion

August 2019

NEWARK, NJ—Officials pushing for a new multi-billion-dollar Gateway Hudson River Tunnel announced recently they have trimmed $1.4 billion off the cost of the project in the hopes of securing necessary federal funding for the venture. Richard Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the project sponsor, sent a letter…

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Report: New York City Needs to Control Rising Costs for Leased Space

August 2019

NEW YORK—A report released this week by the Citizens Budget Commission calls for the city to better manage city government leased space costs, which rose to $1.1 billion in 2018. Given the rising costs, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which manages the city’s real estate portfolio, should accelerate efforts to improve its management, monitoring…

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Robert Martin Execs Discuss Growth Plans After $487.5 Million Mega Purchase Deal

August 2019

(Part two of two) ELMSFORD— Real Estate In-Depth recently sat down with Robert Martin Co. CEO Timothy Jones and Managing Director Greg Berger, to discuss the particulars of the firm’s $487.5-million purchase of a 56-building portfolio, most of which was originally developed by Robert Martin and later sold to the predecessor of Mack-Cali in the…

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