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White Plains Begins Competition for Transit Center Project

June 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS—While developers have stepped up and broken ground on huge projects downtown and have ambitious mixed-use plans in all corners of the city, the City of White Plains has begun seeking investor interest in what will likely be the most attractive and strategically located transit-oriented parcels anywhere in the city. The development to be…

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NAR White Paper Gets to Root of Depressed Homeownership Rate

June 15, 2017

BERKELEY, CA—Despite steadily improving local job markets and historically low mortgage rates, the U.S. homeownership rate is stuck near a 50-year low because of a perverse mix of affordability challenges, student loan debt, tight credit conditions and housing supply shortages. That’s according to findings of a new white paper titled, “Hurdles to Homeownership: Understanding the…

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Ginsburg Development Begins New Peekskill Rental Project

June 15, 2017

PEEKSKILL—Ginsburg Development Companies, joined with City of Peekskill and Westchester County officials on June 13 in breaking ground on a $64.5-million mixed-use project that will transform the former St. Mary’s convent property into a resort-style tourist destination. The new development will include luxury rentals apartments as well as a spa, hotel and restaurant. Called “Fort…

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New $30M ‘Millennia’ Breaks Ground in New Rochelle

June 15, 2017

NEW ROCHELLE— Political, civic and business officials from the City of New Rochelle were on hand for Monday’s groundbreaking for a new residential project whose name all but gives away its target market—the “Millennia.” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, along with officials from the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, the Community Preservation Corporation, and Tompkins…

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Trion Sells $9.7M Property in Mount Vernon

June 9, 2017

MOUNT VERNON– Trion Holdings, a Yonkers and New York City-based investment firm, announced earlier this month it had sold 55 Sheridan Ave. in Mount Vernon to 55 Sheridan Gardens LLC for $9.7 million. The closing on the property was on April 21, 2017. Trion Holdings sold the property after 13 years of ownership. The sale…

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Movie Studio Coming to the Bronx

June 9, 2017

Lights, Camera Action! NEW YORK CITY—Construction began earlier this month on York Studios’ heralded $100-million “Michaelangelo Campus” film and television production complex in the Soundview section of the Bronx. A host of city and state officials were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the project on May 6th including New York State Lt. Gov.…

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Multifamily Investment Finds Long-Ignored City of Mount Vernon

June 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON—Multifamily investors, who have bypassed this storied Southern Westchester locale for decades for such Westchester cities as Yonkers, New Rochelle and White Plains, are finally taking notice of the City of Mount Vernon for both its opportunities and challenges. Mayor Richard Thomas, who took office in January 2016 on a platform of reform, an…

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Bricks and Mortar Retail—Not Dead, but Challenged

June 1, 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Reports of the demise of bricks and mortar retail are premature, so says a panel of retail executives that appeared at the June 1st meeting of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division. The panel participants also agreed that while bricks and mortar retail faces many challenges today and in the future,…

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Former Legoland Project Site in Rockland County on Market for Sale

June 1, 2017

HAVERSTRAW—The Letchworth Village site here, once coveted by Legoland developer Merlin Entertainments for a major theme park, is back on the market for sale. The Town of Haverstraw has hired Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets Group to market and eventually sell the 173-acre Letchworth Village development parcel. Developer Merlin Entertainments had considered the Letchworth Village…

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NAR’s Yun Says High Foot Traffic Not Translating to More Sales

June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON—Declining for-sale home inventory may finally be catching up with the nation’s residential sales market. The National Association of Realtors reports that pending home sales in April fell for the second consecutive month. NAR in a report released on May 31st, stated that its Pending Home Sales Index fell 1.3% to 109.8 in April from…

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Sumitomo Bank Signs Major Lease in Downtown White Plains

May 25, 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., which had been in the market for some time looking for approximately 100,000 square feet of available space in White Plains, has finally picked its new office location—the Gateway Building in Downtown White Plains. CBRE reports it has brokered a 101,000-square-foot lease with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. at the…

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Foreign Buyers, Immigration Expected to Drive Demand for Housing

May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices. That was the collective forecast from speakers at an international real estate forum organized by the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies…

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Rockland County Exec. ‘Drawing the Line’ on Irresponsible Development

May 25, 2017

RAMAPO—At a press conference staged near a controversial housing development at Patrick Farm here, Rockland County Executive Ed Day signed an Executive Order prohibiting county departments from issuing permits that do not comply with the General Municipal Law. “When it comes to development, for far too long we see laws disregarded or broken—with no consequences,”…

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Simone Development Cuts Ribbon on $35M Boyce Thompson Center Redevelopment

May 25, 2017

YONKERS—A decade’s old historic building turned eyesore has been transformed into a modern mixed-use center of commerce in Yonkers. On May 24th, Simone Development officials were joined by county and city officials to cut the ribbon on the new Boyce Thompson Center, formerly the Boyce Thompson Institute plant research center that sat vacant with graffiti-strewn…

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New York City Building Boom Fueled By Expected 421-a Successor Law

May 17, 2017

NEW YORK—The multifamily development floodgates opened last year when developers put their money on the State Legislature enacting a replacement for the 421-a tax incentive legislation. New York Building Congress president and CEO Carlo A. Scissura believes that developers bet on New York State passing a new 421-a tax incentive program this past legislative session…

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Ginsburg Cuts Ribbon on $100M Yonkers Multifamily Project

May 17, 2017

YONKERS—Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other state and city officials joined Ginsburg Development Corp. in cutting the ribbon on its $100-million River Tides at Greystone luxury rental apartment project. The 330-unit building is GDC’s third major luxury rental development to open in Westchester since the veteran development firm shifted its…

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County Execs. Discuss Shared Services, Key Economic Development Initiatives

May 17, 2017

PLEASANTVILLE—The lower Hudson Valley's three county executives detailed their top economic development initiatives that ranged from public-private partnerships involving airport operations, an amusement park and a $1.9-billion bioscience park, to a sewer pact with an out-of-state city during a Hudson Valley Pattern For Progress breakfast on May 15th at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. About 130…

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Astorino Defies County Board in Filing Indian Point Suit

May 10, 2017

WHITE PLAINS—If the Westchester County Board of Legislators wouldn’t take on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Entergy on the deal reached earlier this year to close Indian Point, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino decided he would do it on his own. Astorino announced on May 9th that he had filed suit against New York State, Entergy…

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