Commercial

Putnam Valley Business Network Merges with Putnam County Business Council

November 13, 2020

MAHOPAC—The Putnam County Business Council and the Putnam Valley Business Network announced today the merger of the two organizations. As a committee under the PCBC, the PVBN will lead the Business Council’s new Putnam County Traveling Business Network. “As an extension of our rebranding efforts over the past year, we are focused on expanding the…

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Former Macy’s Store Qualifies to Host Film and TV Productions

November 11, 2020

NANUET—Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Director of Economic Development and Tourism Jeremy Schulman announced recently that RTL Nanuet, owners of the former Macy’s store located next to the Shops at Nanuet, has been approved to operate as Rockland’s 5th NYS Qualified Film Production Facility under the regulations governed by the Empire State Film Production…

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Westchester Awards $10 Million to 262 Businesses, Nonprofits

November 11, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Office of Economic Development announced on Nov. 10 it had awarded a total of $10 million to 262 county-based small businesses and nonprofits facing challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Recipients include businesses in industries such as restaurants/food service; arts, entertainment and recreation; social services; education and more. The…

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Westchester CE Latimer Proposes Tax Cut Despite COVID Pandemic

November 11, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—With a backdrop of rising coronavirus cases in Westchester County and New York State, Westchester County Executive George Latimer has proposed a tax cut in his 2021 Operating Budget plan. The County Executive has proposed a $1-million tax cut for the second year in a row. The budget, thanks to $168 million in COVID-19…

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Orange County’s Commercial Market Outlook is Upbeat Despite Pandemic

November 10, 2020

TOWN OF WALLKILL—Panelists and participants in the Orange County Partnership’s recently held Commercial Market Forecast were bullish on investment and development interest and opportunities in Orange County in spite of and in some instances because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was held on Oct. 27 at the West Hills Country Club and was attended…

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Listen, Learn, Pivot and Adapt: Today’s Secrets to Growing Your International Business

November 10, 2020

Growing your international residential real estate business in today’s “new normal” times requires listening, learning, pivoting and adapting. That advice, courtesy of Kevin Brown, senior global real estate advisor and associate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty in Manhattan, was presented on Nov. 5 during the 2020 Global Real Estate Summit, held virtually this year. Brown…

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Albano, Ellman Sworn in by Mayor To Top City Planning Positions

November 6, 2020

YONKERS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced on Nov. 5 he recently sworn in Commissioner Louis J. Albano and Deputy Commissioner Lee J. Ellman to head the city’s Department of Planning & Development. The Yonkers City Council confirmed the mayor’s appointments at its Council meeting last week. “Collectively, Lou and Lee bring over 70 years of experience…

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SL Green Signs Deal to Sell Manhattan Building for $953 Million

November 4, 2020

NEW YORK—SL Green Realty Corp. reported on Nov. 4 that together with its partners, it had entered into a contract to sell 410 Tenth Ave for $952.5 million to an undisclosed buyer. The 636,000-square-foot Manhattan office redevelopment property is anchored by Amazon and First Republic Bank. SL Green currently owns 70.9% of the venture. As…

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Curtain Closes on Iconic Westchester Broadway Theatre

November 3, 2020

ELMSFORD—Since the pandemic began in March and restrictions were imposed to prevent the spread of the virus, all too frequently news reports have detailed the unfortunate closure of a popular business somewhere in the Hudson Valley. Recently, news came that COVID-19 took another business victim—the storied Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford which had been a…

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Westchester Office Leasing Activity Improves in Third Quarter; Industrial, Multifamily Sectors Remain Strong

October 22, 2020

  RYE BROOK—Despite impacts of COVID-19, office leasing activity in Westchester County improved in the third quarter as New York City companies look to relocate or establish new offices in the county, according to the Houlihan Lawrence Third Quarter Commercial Market Report for Westchester County. Meanwhile, the report showed demand remains strong for industrial space…

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County Offers Program to Help Launch Home-Based Businesses or Non-Profits

October 20, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—After recently launching a business loan program and a housing assistance initiative, the Westchester County Office of Economic Development on Oct. 19 announced a new program for county residents who may want to create home-based income streams, or launch new businesses or nonprofits. The program entitled “Launch 1000” was described as an innovative, fully…

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Westchester Hotels Face Uphill Battle as COVID Restrictions Continue

October 16, 2020

It’s been more than six months since the onslaught of COVID, and many Westchester businesses have closed or are still floundering. But perhaps one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic has been tourism. After 47 years in operation, the renowned Westchester Hilton in Rye closed its doors in July. With 445 guest rooms,…

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DiNapoli: MTA Faces Worst Financial Crisis in its History

October 14, 2020

ALBANY—The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is facing the greatest crisis in its long history, with few viable options without federal funding to avoid cuts in service and staff, additional fare hikes and long-lasting damage that could impair regional transit for decades, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s annual report on the MTA’s finances…

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Target Signs 130,000 SF Lease at Cross County in Yonkers

October 13, 2020

YONKERS—In a major retail lease deal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, discount retailer Target has signed a long-term lease for more than 130,000 square feet to occupy a major portion of the former Sears store at the Cross County center here. In addition, shopping center owner Marx Realty also announced that retailer H&M…

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State Comptroller Puts Westchester County on Fiscal ‘Significant Stress’ List

September 28, 2020

ALBANY—New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released his fiscal stress list for 2019 and unfortunately, the Hudson Valley was well represented. On the State Comptroller’s “Significant (Fiscal) Stress” list in the New York metro area were Westchester County, Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, Suffolk County and Long Beach in Nassau County. Other locations on the…

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NYC Investment Firm Lands $107M Loan to Acquire Norwalk, CT Multifamily

September 24, 2020

NORWALK, CT—New York City-based Invictus Real Estate Partners has secured acquisition financing totaling $107.25 million for its purchase of The Waypointe multifamily property here. JLL Capital Markets arranged the financing through Freddie Mac and worked on behalf of the borrower. The loan will be serviced by JLL Real Estate Capital, LLC, a Freddie Mac Optigo…

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RM Friedland Enters Office Brokerage Sector With Hiring of Veteran Broker O’Callaghan

September 22, 2020

HARRISON—In conjunction with the hiring of veteran commercial office broker Chris O’Callaghan, RM Friedland announced on Sept. 21 it has formed an office brokerage division. O’Callaghan joins Harrison-based RM Friedland after serving as Managing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle since 2013 where he was responsible for the Westchester County market for the commercial brokerage firm.…

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Haverstraw Issues RFEI to Developers For Long-Vacant Waterfront Parcel

September 21, 2020

HAVERSTRAW—The Village of Haverstraw is taking a significant step in developing a long vacant and underutilized downtown waterfront parcel with the issuance of a Request for Expressions of Interest to development firms. The village, which issued the RFEI today, is hoping to find a developer that will embrace its vision of developing a mixed-use project…

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Panel Tackles How to Use ‘Big Data’ in CRE

September 16, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division presented a highly informative and forward-thinking workshop program entitled “How to Use ‘Big Data’ in the Commercial Real Estate Game.” The Zoom program was held on Sept. 10 and was part of CID’s Women in Commercial Real Estate series. The workshop focused on the use…

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