Commercial

Sumitomo Bank Signs Major Lease in Downtown White Plains

May 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., which had been in the market for some time looking for approximately 100,000 square feet of available space in White Plains, has finally picked its new office location—the Gateway Building in Downtown White Plains. CBRE reports it has brokered a 101,000-square-foot lease with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. at the…

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Simone Development Cuts Ribbon on $35M Boyce Thompson Center Redevelopment

May 2017

YONKERS—A decade’s old historic building turned eyesore has been transformed into a modern mixed-use center of commerce in Yonkers. On May 24th, Simone Development officials were joined by county and city officials to cut the ribbon on the new Boyce Thompson Center, formerly the Boyce Thompson Institute plant research center that sat vacant with graffiti-strewn…

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RBA Honors The Lynmark Group With Excellence in Contracting Award

May 2017

SUFFERN—On Thursday, May 4th, The Rockland Business Association (RBA) held its 13th annual Pinnacle Awards and recognition dinner. The Lynmark Group, which was formed 58 years ago, was this year’s recipient of the Award for Excellence in Contracting & Development. The Lynmark Group is currently developing The Sheldon at Suffern Station, located on Orange Avenue…

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Orange County Partnership Stages 2017 Commercial R.E. Summit

May 2017

NEWBURGH—Approximately 270 commercial brokers and business executives attended the Orange County Partnership’s 2017 Commercial Real Estate Summit held on May 10th at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger at Stewart International Airport. The nearly full-day event featured remarks by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Stewart Airport General Manager Ed Harrison and Michael Cary, general manager, Atlantic Aviation,…

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Astorino Defies County Board in Filing Indian Point Suit

May 2017

WHITE PLAINS—If the Westchester County Board of Legislators wouldn’t take on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Entergy on the deal reached earlier this year to close Indian Point, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino decided he would do it on his own. Astorino announced on May 9th that he had filed suit against New York State, Entergy…

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County Executive Neuhaus Snares Partnership’s MVP Award

May 2017

GOSHEN—The Orange County Partnership announced on May 1st that Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus is the economic development agency’s MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award winner for 2017. Orange County Partnership President and CEO Maureen Halahan announced Neuhaus’ selection by a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors at a press conference staged earlier this month…

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Danone Exec. Talks Westchester and Evolving Food Industry

May 2017

TARRYTOWN—Danone’s US operations headquartered in Westchester County have been making national as well as local news of late that has involved a multi-billion dollar acquisition that more than doubled its size and an impending move of its corporate headquarters from Greenburgh to Downtown White Plains. Danone President, USA Yogurt Sergio Fuster detailed the latest news…

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Westchester Office Market Posted Strong Leasing in First Quarter

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester office market posted strong leasing activity in the first quarter and the removal of some properties from the inventory helped dramatically reduce the county’s office vacancy rate. In a recently released report on Westchester and Fairfield County’s office markets, brokerage firm Colliers International Group Inc. reported Westchester exhibited strengthening fundamentals, while neighboring…

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Legoland Hopes to Begin Construction This Year on $500M Theme Park Project

April 2017

GOSHEN—The developer of LEGOLAND New York hopes to secure approvals for its much anticipated, but somewhat controversial, $500-million theme park here by sometime this summer, which would allow the firm to begin construction before the end of this year. Phil Royle, head of community & project relations for LEGOLAND New York, speaking before about 70…

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Hudson Valley Region Banking on Future Biotech Growth

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The recent approval by the Westchester County Legislature of a planned $1.2-billion biotechnology park on mostly county-owned land in Valhalla is a clear sign that political and business leaders are counting on the biotechnology and healthcare sectors to be economic engines for the region in coming years. Earlier this month, the Westchester County Board…

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County Issues RFP to Privatize Management, Operations at Westchester County Airport

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS—After a proposal to sign a long-term lease with a private investment firm to manage and operate Westchester County Airport met with resistance from county legislators, the Public-Private Partnership initiative is moving forward after all. Westchester County issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Public-Private Partnership for the “Lease, Management Operation, Maintenance and…

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Astorino’s Plan to Sue State Over Indian Point Closure Appears Short Circuited

April 2017

BUCHANAN—Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino is seeking permission from the Westchester County Board of Legislators to file an Article 78 proceeding to require New York State to conduct an environmental review of the impacts of the Indian Point closure deal with Entergy Corp. At press time, however, it appears the county executive may not be…

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U.S. Office Tenant Demand Cools in Face of Rising Supply

April 2017

CHICAGO—Tenant demand for U.S. office space continued to cool off in the first quarter of 2017. Brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield reports that overall occupancy levels remained stable, while rents continued to rise in most major markets. Neighboring Fairfield County, CT had the highest first quarter office vacancy rate in the nation at 23.1%, followed…

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$1.2B Bioscience Project Clears Major Regulatory Hurdle

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS—In what county officials say is the largest public-private partnership in Westchester County history, County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz announced the approval of the $1.2-billion Westchester Bioscience & Technology Center project on 80 acres of vacant land in Valhalla. The two county leaders staged a press conference…

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White Plains to Move Forward With Train Station Initiative

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach says the city will soon be issuing a solicitation for interested developers on plans to develop what will likely be highly sought after city-owned property around the White Plains Metro North train station. Mayor Roach, who was the guest speaker at the March 23rd meeting of the Hudson Gateway…

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Report: Hudson Valley Cities Will Power Region’s Growth

March 2017

SPARKILL—The not-for-profit regional think tank Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress released a report earlier this month entitled “Urban Action Agenda-A Program in Motion” that theorizes the Hudson Valley region can attract new residents, including Millennials, into urban and downtown districts if proper planning and development takes place. The report included extensive research on 25 urban…

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Court Dismisses Rye Playland Lawsuit; $60M Public-Private Partnership Begins

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—In what Westchester County officials describe as an “across the board victory,” New York State Supreme Court Justice Gretchen Walsh has dismissed the City of Rye’s court case against Westchester County’s plans to revitalize the storied Rye Playland amusement park. County officials stated on Tuesday (March 21) that the ruling allows the county to…

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Oros Named New Director Of Economic Development

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced recently the appointment of George Oros as the new Director of Economic Development. Phil Oliva, the Deputy Director of Communications, succeeded Oros as Chief of Staff. Both appointments were effective March 13. William Mooney III, the current director of Economic Development, announced last month that he was…

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Tarrytown Office Building Trades for $30 Million

March 2017

TARRYTOWN—GHP Office Realty of White Plains has increased its regional office portfolio with the $30-million acquisition of a Class A office building here. Commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield reports that GHP Office Realty acquired the 279,000-square-foot office property from RA 660 White Plains Road LLC, an entity controlled by RNY Property Trust, an Australia-based…

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Merlin Seeks 20-Year PILOT Deal For LEGOLAND New York Project

March 2017

GOSHEN—The proposed developer and operator of the $500-million LEGOLAND New York theme park here announced on March 1 that it will seek a 20-year Payment in Lieu of Taxes deal from the Orange County Industrial Development Agency. Merlin had originally proposed a 30-year PILOT deal, but now is looking to finalize the 20-year accord after…

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