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City Wide Opens First Westchester Location

February 2020

WHITE PLAINS—City Wide, the nation's largest facility management solutions company, announced its second New York location with the opening of a new office in Westchester County that will serve Westchester, Rockland and Bronx counties. Former Wall Street finance professional, Michael Binz, opened the doors to City Wide of Westchester at 280 Dobbs Ferry Road in…

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Two Major Orange County Projects Secure Key Approvals

February 2020

MONTGOMERY, NY—The more than 1-million-square-foot Amazon warehouse project here was granted approval earlier this month for a 15-year PILOT agreement by the Montgomery Industrial Development Agency that will allow the e-commerce giant to begin construction shortly on the project. Published reports value the Amazon project at more than $75 million and L. Todd Diorio, president…

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Affordable Housing Projects Planned Near The Botanical Garden in the Bronx

February 2020

NEW YORK—After being selected as the winning developer from a Request for Proposals issued by The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, Douglaston Development of New York City reports it will begin construction this year on a two-phased mixed-use project a block from the facility’s 250-acre grounds. Douglaston is entering into a 99-year lease…

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NY Senate Passes Two Property Tax Exemption Study Bills

February 2020

ALBANY– Two bills sponsored by New York State Sen. Pete Harckham (D, WF-40th District) that will study the use of tax exemptions and the burdens they cause to municipalities and taxpayers were passed on Feb. 11 by the State Senate. Both bills now await passage by the State Assembly and approval from Gov. Andrew M.…

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Simon Property Group Agrees to Acquire Taubman Centers for $3.6 Billion

February 2020

INDIANAPOLIS—Retail giant Simon Property Group reported on Feb. 10 its intent to acquire retail shopping mall owner Taubman Centers, Inc. in a deal valued at $3.6 billion. Terms of the deal would have Simon acquire an 80% ownership interest in The Taubman Realty Group Limited Partnership. Simon, through its operating partnership, Simon Property Group, L.P.,…

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Mid-Hudson Region and New York City Post Strongest Sales Tax Growth in 2019

February 2020

ALBANY—Overall growth in local sales tax collections statewide in 2019 was relatively strong, according to a report released on Feb. 3 by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Collections across the state, which totaled $18.3 billion in 2019, grew by $815 million or 4.7%, from the previous year. While this was slower than the…

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Mill Creek Acquires Blessed Sacrament School Site

February 2020

NEW ROCHELLE—Mill Creek Residential of Boca Raton, FL has acquired a little more than two acres of land that housed the former Blessed Sacrament elementary school and will develop a new eight-story 334-unit multifamily project at the site. The sale of the property was reported by commercial brokerage firm CBRE on Feb. 5, which represented…

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NYSAR Urges Realtors Take Action Against DOS Guidance Barring Certain Commissions

February 2020

ALBANY—The New York real estate industry, particularly downstate, is reeling from guidance recently released by the Department of State that now among other changes regarding regulations on landlords and agents, prohibits a landlord’s agent from collecting a broker/fee commission from a tenant in residential rental transactions. The guidance, part of a sweeping update released by…

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OneKey MLS Leaders Tout Merits of New NYC Regional MLS

February 2020

NEW YORK—With the official launch of the OneKey MLS set for early spring, OneKey MLS executives took to the airwaves on Feb. 4 to promote the merits of the groundbreaking new regional multiple listing service that currently boasts more than 42,000 subscribers across the New York metropolitan area. Richard Haggerty, president and chief strategic growth…

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New Rochelle Transitional Housing Project Secures $9 Million in Freddie Mac Funding

February 2020

NEW ROCHELLE—A former student housing development redeveloped into a transitional supportive housing community has secured refinancing funding in the form of a $9-million Freddie Mac Optigo Targeted Affordable Housing loan. The refinancing deal for 21 Fountain Place was announced on Jan. 29 by CPC Mortgage Company LLC, a subsidiary of The Community Preservation Corporation, Palladium…

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Arena STEM to Open Flagship Location at Palisades Center

February 2020

WEST NYACK—Arena STEM, a newly established retail center offering a combination of entertainment, education and retail, will open its flagship store at Palisades Center this spring. The new 12,200-square-foot store will be located on Level 3 near the Food Court. Arena STEM, founded by Sergei and Julia Manevich of New Jersey, is a new and…

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Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Donates $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley

February 2020

TARRYTOWN—Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a check for $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, located in Tarrytown. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,800 children in the Hudson Valley region…

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Coldwell Banker Forms Lower Hudson Valley Regional Office

January 2020

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS—In what agents for the brokerage firm reportedly described as a “win-win,” select Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate offices serving Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess counties will be merged and will be now known as the “Lower Hudson Valley Regional Office.” The company announced on Jan. 27 that signage and marketing collateral…

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Westchester County IDA Supported $1.6 Billion in New Investment in 2019

January 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency announced recently it provided financial incentives for a wide range of new commercial developments that accounted for approximately $1.6 billion in new investment in Westchester County. The projects incentivized in 2019 involved more than 2,800 in new proposed residential units. Some of the projects involved repurposing vacant office…

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Rye-Based Acadia Realty Making More Than $100M Play in SoHo

January 2020

NEW YORK—Acadia Realty Trust of Rye has closed on the purchase of a retail condo in the SoHo section of Manhattan for $15.4 million from Premier Equities. The transaction is part of a string of recent and pending purchases by Acadia in SoHo and along Greene Street totaling more than $100 million. The latest deal…

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HGAR’s Richard Haggerty Named a 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker

January 2020

NEW YORK—Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Richard Haggerty has been selected as a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker. Haggerty, who also serves as President and Chief Strategic Growth Officer of the soon-to-be-launched OneKey MLS, joins what RIS Media describes as a “dynamic group of key influencers making headlines for their contributions to…

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Gail Fattizzi Takes Over as 2020 HGAR President

January 2020

SOUTH SALEM—Veteran real estate broker and executive Gail Fattizzi was installed as the 2020 president of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors on Jan. 16 at a gala dinner event held at Le Chateau here. Fattizzi, who has served for 24 years as the executive director of the independent real estate brokerage network Westchester Real…

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Coalition Urges Gov. Cuomo, State Lawmakers To Increase NYDOT Capital Plan to $35 Billion

January 2020

ELMSFORD—The Rebuild NY Now coalition is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state lawmakers and officials with the New York State Department of Transportation to significantly increase capital spending for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the state’s road and bridge network. At a press conference held on Jan. 17, construction industry executives, organized labor officials, state,…

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UPS Signs Major Lease Deal For Yonkers Distribution Center

January 2020

YONKERS—In what is believed to be one of the largest commercial lease transactions in Westchester County in decades, United Parcel Service has signed a long-term lease for a new state-of-the-art distribution center at 555 Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers with building owner Alfred Weissman Real Estate. The 435,000-square-foot building was formerly occupied by POP Displays, a…

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