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Dinosaurs Coming to Wallkill?

September 25, 2020

WALLKILL—A firm that is looking to develop and operate a Dinosaur theme park here just off Route 17 in Fair Oaks has filed applications with the Town of Wallkill and the Orange County Planning Department, Real Estate In-Depth has learned. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Town of Wallkill Supervisor Frank DenDanto confirmed that Orange…

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NYC Investment Firm Lands $107M Loan to Acquire Norwalk, CT Multifamily

September 24, 2020

NORWALK, CT—New York City-based Invictus Real Estate Partners has secured acquisition financing totaling $107.25 million for its purchase of The Waypointe multifamily property here. JLL Capital Markets arranged the financing through Freddie Mac and worked on behalf of the borrower. The loan will be serviced by JLL Real Estate Capital, LLC, a Freddie Mac Optigo…

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Hudson Valley Unemployment Rate Falls to 10.5% in August

September 23, 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Labor released on Sept. 22 preliminary local area unemployment rates for August 2020. Both the statewide and Hudson Valley unemployment rates fell more than 3% respectively. From August 2019 to August 2020, the state’s private sector employment count decreased by 1,096,900. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from…

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Hudson Valley County Executives Urge President, Congress to Provide $12B to Prevent MTA Cuts

September 23, 2020

GOSHEN—County Executives from Orange, Putnam, Dutchess Rockland, and Westchester counties are urging President Donald Trump and leaders of Congress to provide $12 billion in funding to avert drastic service cuts and the elimination of commuter rail service in some sections of the Hudson Valley by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. On Sept. 22, Orange County Executive…

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RM Friedland Enters Office Brokerage Sector With Hiring of Veteran Broker O’Callaghan

September 22, 2020

HARRISON—In conjunction with the hiring of veteran commercial office broker Chris O’Callaghan, RM Friedland announced on Sept. 21 it has formed an office brokerage division. O’Callaghan joins Harrison-based RM Friedland after serving as Managing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle since 2013 where he was responsible for the Westchester County market for the commercial brokerage firm.…

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Haverstraw Issues RFEI to Developers For Long-Vacant Waterfront Parcel

September 21, 2020

HAVERSTRAW—The Village of Haverstraw is taking a significant step in developing a long vacant and underutilized downtown waterfront parcel with the issuance of a Request for Expressions of Interest to development firms. The village, which issued the RFEI today, is hoping to find a developer that will embrace its vision of developing a mixed-use project…

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New York State’s Jobless Rate Falls to 12.5%

September 18, 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Labor announced on Sept. 17 that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 15.9% to 12.5% in August 2020. In August 2020, the number of unemployed New York State residents decreased by 339,000, while labor force levels decreased by 86,700. In August 2020, the number of private sector…

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Westchester Rolls Out Comprehensive COVID Aid Program To Help Suffering Homeowners, Tenants and Landlords

September 18, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County has rolled out four distinct housing assistance programs that are being funded by HUD and the CARES Act geared to offering a comprehensive approach in dealing with the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced the “Community Build Back Program” on Sept. 17 that includes…

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Yonkers IDA Grants Preliminary Approval For $72-Million Apartment Development

September 18, 2020

YONKERS—The Board of Directors of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency recently granted preliminary approval of financial incentives for a $72-million multifamily project that will redevelop a blighted and vacant block in the Warburton Ravine Urban Renewal Area. Point & Ravine Apartments, which is a public partnership between developer Conifer Realty LLC and the City of…

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Five Questions With National Association of Realtors CEO Bob Goldberg

September 17, 2020

As the real estate industry in the Hudson Valley and the New York City metro region continues to adhere to new practices and safety protocols brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Realtors’ acceptance and adaption to new technologies have been seen by many observers as critical in preventing the sector’s economic collapse in the spring…

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Westchester County Business FIRST Grant Program To Provide $10M for Local Businesses, Nonprofits

September 16, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced on Sept. 16 a $10-million funding initiative to support small businesses and nonprofits facing challenges due to COVID-19. The Westchester County Business FIRST: Financial Investments for Recovery and a Sustainable Tomorrow grant program is designed to offer immediate financial relief to organizations in Westchester County that have been…

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Community Preservation Corporation Launches $20 Million ACCESS Initiative to Empower Minority Real Estate Development, Investment

September 16, 2020

NEW YORK—The Community Preservation Corporation, a leading nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization company, announced today the creation of the $20-million CPC Acquiring Capital and Capacity for Economic Stability and Sustainability (ACCESS) initiative that will provide flexible capital to create opportunities for people of color in real estate development and prioritize investment in communities of…

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Panel Tackles How to Use ‘Big Data’ in CRE

September 16, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division presented a highly informative and forward-thinking workshop program entitled “How to Use ‘Big Data’ in the Commercial Real Estate Game.” The Zoom program was held on Sept. 10 and was part of CID’s Women in Commercial Real Estate series. The workshop focused on the use…

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The New York Botanical Garden, Douglaston Ink Two Long-Term Ground Leases for Mixed-Use Affordable Projects in the Bronx

September 14, 2020

NEW YORK—Finalizing a deal announced earlier this year, The New York Botanical Garden and Douglaston Development have closed two separate 99-year ground leases at 2856 Webster Ave. and 410 Bedford Park Blvd. in the Bronx that will in a few years feature affordable housing projects totaling more than 400 units. New York City-based Douglaston states…

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Searching for Solutions for a Sick Economy

September 14, 2020

With the prospect of further coronavirus relief coming from Washington, DC getting bleaker by the moment, state, county and local governments will be facing some harsh fiscal decisions due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 this year and in 2021. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened to withhold 20% of funding earmarked for local governments, hospitals…

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First New Hotel in Seven Years Opens for Business in Rockland

September 10, 2020

SPRING VALLEY—Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced on Sept. 9 the first new hotel to open in the county in seven years—The Element by Westin here. The Element by Westin is located at 90 Spring Valley Marketplace and has already started taking reservations for its 87-room inventory ahead of a soft opening scheduled for today…

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Construction Starts on $51 Million Affordable Project in Peekskill

September 10, 2020

PEEKSKILL—Ground was officially broken on Sept. 9 at Wilder Balter Partners’ $51-million affordable housing project at 645 Main Street in Downtown Peekskill. A host of state, county and city luminaries were on hand for the event signaling the ceremonial start of construction of the 82-unit development. The new affordable complex is reserved for households earning…

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