Commercial

Ginsburg Development Sells Three CT Properties for Nearly $22M

January 2019

BRIDGEPORT, CT—New York City real estate investment firm Time Equities Inc. has purchased three mixed-use properties here in a deal with Valhalla-based Ginsburg Development Companies for approximately $21.7 million. The deal involves the addition of 176 rental apartments and approximately 100,000 square feet of mostly retail space. The transaction was announced by brokerage firm HFF,…

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Mack-Cali Sells Elmsford Distribution Center for $70M

January 2019

ELMSFORD, NY—Mack-Cali Realty Corp. in a deal that continues its exit from the flex-industrial warehouse business, has sold the six-building Elmsford Distribution Center here. The Jersey City, NJ-based REIT sold the more than 386,000-square-foot industrial park complex to Realterm Logistics of Annapolis, MD for $70.25 million. Mack-Cali noted that the disposition deal represents the next…

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10 Things to Watch Out for in 2019

January 2019

WHITE PLAINS—While I do not profess to possess the prognostication skills of the “Amazing Kreskin” or “Carnac the Magnificent,” I thought I would share my thoughts with the Real Estate In-Depth readership on the top stories/issues I believe could have an impact on the commercial, residential real estate and capital finance markets in the Hudson…

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Woodbury Common Adds Five Retailers; Begins Planning for Latest Expansion

January 2019

CENTRAL VALLEY—The highly successful Woodbury Common Premium Outlets here reports it has added five new retailers while it has submitted plans to the Town of Woodbury on another major expansion project at the property that intersects Route 17 and the New York State Thruway in Orange County. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, a high fashion sneaker…

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Westchester IDA’s $49M in Incentives to Reap Nearly $882M in Private Investment

January 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency released its full-year 2018 activity report on Jan. 2 which showed that its $48.8 million in incentives are projected to create $881.4 million in future private investment capital in the county’s economy. The report noted that the approved projects will create 2,680 construction jobs, 222 permanent jobs and…

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NAR’s Malta Tells Congress Housing Finance Reform Must Be Bipartisan

December 2018

WASHINGTON—On Dec. 21, National Association of Realtors President-Elect Vince Malta testified before the House Financial Services Committee. During the hearing, “A Legislative Proposal to Provide for a Sustainable Housing Finance System: The Bipartisan Financing Reform Act of 2018,” Malta, a third-generation Realtor and the CEO and broker of Malta & Co., Inc. in San Francisco,…

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Retail Mega Broker Faith Hope Consolo Passes Away

December 2018

NEW YORK CITY—Longtime Manhattan retail real estate mega broker Faith Hope Consolo, who was known in some circles as the “Queen of Retail,” died on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at her home here, according to multiple press reports. Consolo, who was the chairperson of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, was 69 years old. In October 2017, Consolo…

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$850M Empire City Casino Sale to Close in January

December 2018

YONKERS—MGM Resorts International reports its previously announced $850-million purchase of the Empire City Casino property here is scheduled to close in a January. MGM recently announced the planned closing of its purchase in connection with its appointment of Uri Clinton as president and chief operating officer of Empire City Casino. Clinton will head operations at…

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Sports Complex Lease Signed with Pelham Manor

December 2018

PELHAM MANOR—Houlihan Lawrence’s Commercial Group has announced the completion of a lease transaction with REB Sports Complex for an 18,000-square-foot building in Pelham Manor featuring state-of- the-art indoor athletic fields. Daniel Hickey of Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Group represented REB Sports Complex in the direct lease negotiation with the Village of Pelham Manor, which owns the…

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RM Friedland Establishes Investment Sales Division

December 2018

HARRISON– Commercial brokerage firm RM Friedland recently announced the launch of an Investment Sales Division. As part of the expansion, the firm reported that veteran commercial broker John Barrett has been named managing director of the division. In addition, Marco Lala has been named senior vice president, bringing with him a sales team with an…

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Google Plans $1Billion Expansion in NYC

December 2018

NEW YORK CITY—Add Google to the list of mega US tech companies that are planning major expansion initiatives in New York City. Ruth Porat, senior vice president and CFO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc., announced in a blog released this morning that Google plans to invest more than $1 billion in capital…

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Orange County Partnership Hands Out Honors

December 2018

NEW WINDSOR—A record crowd attended the 32nd annual Orange County Partnership awards event held on Dec. 4 at Anthony’s Pier 9 here. The partnership handed out its top awards at the event, that also featured a special tribute to outgoing New York State Senators John Bonaccic and Bill Larkin. From left, New York State Senators…

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HGAR’s CID Showcases New Tech Marketing, Research Products

December 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Technology is exploding in commercial real estate. The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division recently reviewed some of the tools to help commercial licensees in marketing their properties and doing property research. The CID at its Nov. 29th meeting featured two products—biproxi and RPR. biproxi is a one-stop shop for commercial real…

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Yonkers IDA Approves Adaptive Reuse ‘Mill’ Project

December 2018

YONKERS—The Board of Directors of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency has approved a resolution of intent earlier this month with the developer of a former loft warehouse in the Carpet Mills Art District. The project by Momentum Realty Associates of Yonkers will convert the light-industrial building at 222 & 252C Lake Street into an office…

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Westchester IDA Approves Half a Billion Dollars in New Projects

December 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency has granted preliminary and final approvals for more than $531 million in new development projects in White Plains, Harrison and Pelham. On Nov. 29, the Westchester County IDA granted a resolution of intent to provide financial incentives for AvalonBay Communities’ $76.8-million transit-oriented, mixed-use residential project to be built…

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Lakeview Plaza Shopping Center Trades for $12 Million

December 2018

SOUTHEAST, NY—The grocery-anchored Lakeview Plaza Shopping Center here has been acquired by Greenwich, CT-based Urstadt Biddle Properties in what the new owner calls a “deep discount” at $12 million. The retail REIT has added the 177,000-square-foot shopping center on Route 22 to its portfolio of more than five million square feet. The shopping center, located…

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Ginsburg Unveils Plans for City Square in Downtown White Plains

November 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Ginsburg Development Companies LLC recently unveiled its transformative plan for the Westchester Financial Center in Downtown White Plains to the White Plains City Council. The City Square project calls for the renovation of the existing office complex and the conversion of a portion of the office space into multifamily housing and retail and community…

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NYC Firm to Acquire Macy’s Store in Rockland; Major Lease Signed with New Retailer

November 2018

NANUET, NY—New York City-based Metropolitan Realty Associates has signed a contract to acquire the 218,000-square-foot Macy’s store at The Shops at Nanuet here. Metropolitan Realty Associates, headed by founder and CEO Joe Farkas, is partnering with equity partner Angelo Gordon & Co. LP of New York City in a sale/ leaseback agreement with Macy’s that…

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Survey Suggests Strong Black Friday Sales Expected

November 2018

NEW YORK CITY—A survey released recently by the International Council of Shopping Centers reports that retailers are gearing up for another successful Thanksgiving Weekend as consumers plan to spend an average of $554.90 with $207.30 dedicated to holiday gifts. Omnichannel retailers stand to benefit the most, with 93% of shoppers planning to spend with retailers…

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