Commercial

Westchester Terminates Rye Playland Contract with Standard Amusements

April 2019

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County notified Standard Amusements, LLC, which was scheduled to take over operation of the storied Rye Playland amusement park in November, that it was terminating the 30-year lease agreement reached in mid-2016. Late last month, Westchester County Executive George Latimer reported he had reached the decision to terminate the Rye Playland 30-year lease…

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GlobalFoundries to Sell Dutchess County Semiconductor Plant for $430M

April 2019

EAST FISHKILL, NY—In a blockbuster deal that will save about 1,000 jobs in Dutchess County, GlobalFoundries of Santa Clara, CA has reached an agreement to sell its 300mm chip fab plant in East Fishkill to Phoenix-based ON Semiconductor for $430 million. The two firms announced on April 22 they had reached a definitive agreement on…

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White Plains Hospital Breaks Ground on $272M Expansion Project

April 2019

WHITE PLAINS—White Plains Hospital officials and other county and local dignitaries were on hand on April 22 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 252,000-square-foot outpatient center being built at the corner of Maple and Longview avenues here. The $272-million project is being built on the site of a former vacant apartment building, a hospital…

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Retail is Alive and Well in the Hudson Valley

April 2019

It’s 10:00 pm on a rainy Tuesday night, but you feel like shopping. So, you just pop open your laptop and start ordering everything from new home décor to sporting goods, and maybe even some jumper cables for the car. And all around the globe, millions of other people are doing the same thing. Is…

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Mayors Say Natural Gas Moratorium Impact Not as Severe as First Thought

April 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The mayors of White Plains and New Rochelle agree that the impacts thus far from the natural gas connection moratorium imposed by utility Con Edison on March 15 has not been severe. White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson agreed that real estate developers are attempting to adapt to the…

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Redevelopment of Goshen Retail Eyesore to Move Forward

April 2019

GOSHEN—The Goshen Planning Board on March 26 voted unanimously to give Greenwich, CT-based development firm Fareri Associates, LP, conditional site plan approval to move forward with its proposal for the new Goshen Plaza. “We’d like to thank the Village of Goshen Planning Board for its confidence in, and enthusiasm for, this project, as well as…

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$1.2B North 60 Bioscience Center Project Now Before Town of Mount Pleasant for Approval

April 2019

VALHALLA—After securing key approvals from the County of Westchester in January, Fareri Associate’s planned $1.2-billion mixed-use bioscience park to be developed on 60 acres of the Grasslands Campus here has now progressed to the municipal approval stage. The concept of building a bioscience, technology and lifestyle campus on mostly county-owned property in Valhalla has been…

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Yonkers IDA Provides Incentives for Four Projects

March 2019

YONKERS—The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency reported on March 25 it had approved four projects for incentives that will create 100 new housing units and finance the purchase and rehabilitation of a 301-unit apartment building in the city. The four developments amount to approximately $108.3 million in private investment and will create 156 construction jobs and…

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Hudson Yards Mega Project in NYC Officially Opens

March 2019

NEW YORK—History was made on March 15 in Lower Manhattan when the Hudson Yards neighborhood officially opened to the public. Beginning at noon, New Yorkers and visitors flocked to the Public Square and Gardens, a new five-acre public space; its centerpiece, an interactive landmark temporarily known as Vessel and The Shops & Restaurants, a 1-million-square-foot…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Some Advice for Commercial Tenants in 2019 and Beyond

March 2019

The Westchester commercial real estate market is in the midst of a significant transition in 2019. Individual buildings and large portfolios are being sold to new owners, and the availability of certain types of spaces is extremely low. Tenants need to understand today’s market dynamics and what is happening in terms of pricing to properly…

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Wells Fargo Advisors to Shift Operations to 2500 Westchester Ave.

March 2019

PURCHASE—Wells Fargo Advisors will be relocating operations later this year to more than 21,000 square feet of space at Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 2500 Westchester Ave. office building in Purchase. The firm will be moving within the I-287 corridor from RPW Group’s 1133 Westchester Ave. in White Plains to 21,294 square feet of space at…

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Largest NYC Woman-Owned Caterer is South Bronx Bound

March 2019

NEW YORK—City and state officials announced on March 18 that Great Performances, the city’s largest woman-owned catering and food services firm, will be relocating operations from Hudson Street in New York City to the South Bronx. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that as part of the relocation, Great Performances will create 181 new jobs and…

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HFF to be Acquired by JLL in $2 Billion Deal

March 2019

CHICAGO—Commercial brokerage firm JLL reported on March 19 it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HFF, Inc. in a cash and stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $2 billion. The two companies reported the transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Mark Gibson, CEO of HFF,…

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