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Pending Home Sales Drop 2.5% in July

September 2019

WASHINGTON—Uncertainty over the direction of the U.S. economy has trumped very low mortgage interest rates, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR recently reported that pending sales in the United States fell 2.5% in July. Pending sales in the Northeast fell less than 2% in July, as compared to a month earlier. Of the…

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Yonkers Apartment Tower Trades for $48 Million

September 2019

YONKERS—The 311-unit Parkledge apartment tower here has been acquired by the Hudson Valley Property Group, LLC for $48.3 million. The transaction for the affordable rental apartment complex was reported by CBRE Affordable Housing and CBRE’s New York Institutional Group. Tim Flint, executive vice president of CBRE Affordable Housing, along with CBRE’s Jeff Dunne, Gene Pride…

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Iconic Retailer Lord & Taylor to be Acquired in $100M Deal

August 2019

SAN FRANCISCO—Le Tote Inc. a women’s fashion rental subscription service based in San Francisco, has reached an agreement with Hudson’s Bay Co. of Toronto to acquire iconic retailer Lord & Taylor. Lord & Taylor has a significant presence in the New York metro area, including stores in Eastchester, Yonkers and West Nyack in the Hudson…

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Grand Concourse Building Trades for More Than $7 Million

August 2019

NEW YORK—Kathy Zamechansky, president of KZA Realty Group, Inc., reported the firm recently brokered a deal to sell an 11-story commercial building at 2021 Grand Concourse for $7.25 million. Built in 1927, the property includes 59,292 square feet of commercial space and a pharmacy on the ground floor. Zamechansky represented the seller, Bronx-based Gara Realty…

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Hudson Rail Tunnel Project Cost Reduced by $1.4 Billion

August 2019

NEWARK, NJ—Officials pushing for a new multi-billion-dollar Gateway Hudson River Tunnel announced recently they have trimmed $1.4 billion off the cost of the project in the hopes of securing necessary federal funding for the venture. Richard Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the project sponsor, sent a letter…

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Report: New York City Needs to Control Rising Costs for Leased Space

August 2019

NEW YORK—A report released this week by the Citizens Budget Commission calls for the city to better manage city government leased space costs, which rose to $1.1 billion in 2018. Given the rising costs, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which manages the city’s real estate portfolio, should accelerate efforts to improve its management, monitoring…

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More than Two Million SF of Industrial Projects Seeking Approvals in the Town of Montgomery

August 2019

MONTGOMERY—This Orange County community is currently reviewing plans that would add nearly 2.4 million square feet of warehouse distribution space to its commercial tax base. At present, global healthcare products firm Medline Industries, Inc. is seeking approval from the Montgomery Town Planning Board for a $120-million, 1.3-million-square-foot distribution facility. The firm is moving operations from…

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Construction Begins on Union Square Tech Training Center

August 2019

NEW YORK—A host of dignitaries and city officials including Deputy Mayor Vicki Been, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the New York City Economic Development Corp., community stakeholders and RAL Development Services broke ground on Aug. 5 on the new 21-story building that will house the Union Square Tech Training Center. The…

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Courtyard by Marriott Hudson Yards Secures $199M Refi Deal

August 2019

NEW YORK—An affiliate of Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies reported on Aug. 16 it provided a $199-million loan to refinance the Courtyard by Marriott Hudson Yards hotel, recently built by companies affiliated with hotelier David Marx. The loan proceeds will be used to take out a construction loan and other previous financing ahead of the…

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Three New Retailers Sign on at Cross County

August 2019

YONKERS—Although the Sears department store shut down there recently, the Cross County Shopping Center continues to draw new tenants. The ownership of the storied shopping center announced recently that it will add three new retailers to its tenant roster in 2019. New to the complex will be Mito Asian Fusion, Invicta Watches and Carvel Ice…

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Country Bank to be Acquired by OceanFirst Bank for $102 Million

August 2019

NEW YORK—Country Bank, which began operations in 1988 and later relocated its headquarters to New York City, will be merged into OceanFirst Bank in a deal valued at $102.2 million. Toms River, NJ-based OceanFirst Financial Corp., parent company of OceanFirst Bank announced its intent to merge with Country Bank Holding Company, Inc., parent company of…

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Walsh Named New Putnam County Tourism Director

August 2019

CARMEL—Tracey Walsh, a lifelong Carmel resident with deep knowledge of the county and a clear vision for its potential, will be the new Putnam County Director of Tourism, County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced on Aug. 7. The appointment was made after the Putnam County Legislature officially established the Department of Tourism at its Aug. 6th…

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Experts Decry Rent Laws’ ‘Disastrous’ Impacts

August 2019

NEW YORK—More than 125 commercial and residential real estate professionals heard a rather sobering outlook of what the recently enacted new rent control regulations enacted by the State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have on the region’s real estate market. The morning session was held on Aug. 7 at the…

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Senate Report Says Municipalities Need to Prioritize Code Enforcement

August 2019

ALBANY—A six-month New York State investigation into code enforcement practices in New York State found systemic failures to prioritize code enforcement at all levels of government. The State Senate investigative report identified common shortfalls, recommended sweeping legislative and regulatory changes, and urged both municipalities and the state to take code enforcement more seriously. In the…

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