Commercial

Analysis: COVID-19 and Westchester County Unemployment Trends

July 13, 2020

By Eric Pierson, AICP Editor’s Note: The following analysis was originally published on the Business Council of Westchester’s Data Exchange (https://thebcw.org/data/)on July 9, 2020. As we get farther away from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of the economic damage rendered by this disease.…

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Strong Majority of Realtors Say Market Is in Recovery Phase as Buyers Return

July 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—After enduring months of setbacks brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey from the National Association of Realtors released on Thursday, July 9 shows that more than nine in 10 of its members believe they are in the process of recovering as many states start to reopen their economies. NAR's 2020 Market Recovery…

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Yonkers, Cortlandt Launch New Marketing Campaigns

July 9, 2020

YONKERS, CORTLANDT—The City of Yonkers and the Town of Cortlandt have unveiled new marketing plans geared to bring new business to their respective communities as they attempt to re-emerge from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 8, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano unveiled the new marketing campaign entitled “Yonkers is Back to…

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Orange County Issues RFPs for Camp LaGuardia and Newburgh Historic Properties

June 24, 2020

GOSHEN—Orange County announced on June 24 it had issued separate Request for Proposals to developers and investors for the purchase of the massive Camp LaGuardia property in Chester and Blooming Grove and three iconic properties in Downtown Newburgh. Both the Camp LaGuardia and Grand Street properties are county-owned. The Camp LaGuardia property, a former New…

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My 90-Day Payment Deferment is Up, Now What?

June 22, 2020

Each commercial real estate asset class has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Many commercial lenders extended 90-day payment deferments to their borrowers as a way to help relieve immediate financial hardship in case the tenants (sometimes the borrowers themselves) were unable to pay rent. These deferments are ending in…

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Stark Office Suites Expands Flagship White Plains Location

June 18, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Stark Office Suites reported on June 16th it has increased its Westchester executive office suite footprint and now occupies the entire 11th floor at 445 Hamilton Avenue, the company’s flagship site in the heart of Downtown White Plains. Offering more than 26,000 square feet, this location is the largest suburban space in the Stark…

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Bronx Office Condo Project Secures $29M Mortgage

June 18, 2020

A large office condominium on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx that has been turned around by a partnership of Sam Jemal of JJ Operating, Inc. of New York City and members of his family together with James J. Houlihan and members of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC of White Plains, secured a $29-million first mortgage on…

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Westchester County Mulls Launching COVID Aid Fund

June 11, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency could be establishing in the near future a fund that would provide grants and loans to county businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Westchester County Director of Operations Joan McDonald reported this morning that the program could total $500,000 in financing. The county would be moving forward on…

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Is this the Trough? Unprecedented Drop in Growth, Large Job Losses, But Purchase Applications Signal a Rebound

June 8, 2020

By Mike Fratantoni and Joel Kan The extraordinary impact from COVID‐19 social distancing measures and business closings is impacting the economy and job market in unprecedented ways. While April economic data has been uniformly awful, more recent data on purchase applications indicate significant pent up demand for housing. Housing demand is strengthening as more states…

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Work Progresses on $300M Hudson Heritage Mixed-Use Project in Town of Poughkeepsie

June 8, 2020

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE—Developers are undertaking substantial demolition and renovation work as they move forward with the Hudson Heritage mixed-use community being developed on 156 acres on Route 9 across from Marist College. The $300-million project will include housing, a hotel and conference center, retail, a supermarket, restaurants, entertainment, and medical and office space. The site…

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New Westchester Builders Group Begins Operations

June 3, 2020

ARMONK – The Building and Allied Construction Industries of Westchester, the newest chapter of the New York State Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders, announced on June 2 that it was officially open for business and accepting new members. The announcement came one week after Westchester County and the Mid-Hudson Region achieved…

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Westchester CE Latimer Forms Reopening Task Force to Prep Businesses for Post COVID-19 Era

June 2, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced on June 1 that he had formed the Westchester County Reopening Task Force, which is charged with finding solutions to advance local businesses interests once the coronavirus crisis ends. The task force is co-chaired by Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, a former small business owner and past president…

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Mid-Hudson Region Begins Phase One; Real Estate Industry Awaits Phase Two

May 28, 2020

ALBANY—On Tuesday, May 26th, segments of the construction and manufacturing sectors of the Mid-Hudson regional economy were allowed to go back to work after being shut down under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York on Pause” restrictions imposed in March to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced on May 22…

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Two Major Westchester Shopping Centers Partially Reopen

May 28, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Now that the Mid-Hudson region has begun phase one of its reopening process, two major Westchester shopping centers have opened for business for merchandise pick up only. Officials with the Galleria at White Plains outlined their plan on Wednesday, May 27 for merchandise pick-up under phase one of Westchester County’s gradual reopening of businesses.…

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BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Cuomo Says Mid-Hudson Economy to Reopen on Tuesday

May 22, 2020

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that pending the required training of contact tracers over the Memorial Day weekend, the Mid-Hudson regional economy will begin phase one of its economy’s reopening on Tuesday, May 26. The governor in his daily COVID-19 briefing on Saturday said the Mid-Hudson region had met the metric in terms of COVID…

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