to Provide Financial Incentives for $203 Million Mixed-Use Development in Downtown White Plains
440 Hamilton Avenue Project Would Feature 468 Apartments and Retail Space
WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 2018) – The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved on September 27 a resolution of intent to provide financial incentives for a $203 million mixed-use residential development located at 440 Hamilton Avenue in downtown White Plains.
The development involves the adaptive reuse of a 12-story office building formerly occupied by AT&T at 440 Hamilton Avenue to allow for construction of 255 apartment units and 2,420 square feet of commercial retail space for a green grocer. The plan also calls for developing an adjacent surface parking lot on Barker Avenue with a tiered 6- and 7-story apartment building with 213 units together with parking for the project’s residents and associated retail space. Six percent of the units will be affordable at 60% of Westchester County Area Median Income (AMI). Market rate monthly rents are projected to be $2,000-$2,300 for a studio, $2,400-$2,600 for a 1-bedroom unit and $2,600-$3,000 for a 2-bedroom unit. The project is located a short walk to the White Plains Metro-North train station.
Estimated IDA benefits include $3,335,400 in sales tax exemption and $1,685,630 in mortgage recording tax exemption for a total tax abatement of $5,021,030. The development is expected to create 659 construction jobs and 31 permanent jobs over a period of 24-28 months. The developer is Rose Associates of New York City.
440 Hamilton Avenue will incorporate green building technologies including LED lighting throughout, electric car charging stations, bicycle storage room, green cleaning practices, low-flow kitchen and bathroom features, Energy Star rated appliances and a building envelope that exceeds NYS Energy Code.
“This project is an excellent example of the type of innovative adaptive reuse development that the IDA is interested in providing financial incentives. The IDA is focused on making the county more appealing to new young talent. Updating commercial properties such as 440 Hamilton Avenue with new housing that is easily accessible to Metro-North train service is an important part of that focus,” said Bridget Gibbons, Deputy Director of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development.
Lake George, NY—August 5, 2018—Adirondack Archangels: Guardians of the High Peaks, by Christine Bourjade and Alex Radmanovich of New Russia, NY, and Montreal, Quebec, has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2018. The book is published by ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club).
Bourjade and Radmanovich’s book was cited as a finalist in the Environment category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.
Adirondack Archangels is a collection of essays by and about individuals who have worked to protect the Adirondack Park and its highest peaks. It is a tribute to the late Edwin H. “Ketch” Ketchledge, Ph.D., who in 1989 led the creation of the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. The book comprises thirty-nine essays and includes a foreword by celebrated writer Bill McKibben and over 250 photographs.
All proceeds from Adirondack Archangels go to support the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. One of the most successful environmental programs in the Northeast, the Summit Stewardship Program focuses on educating hikers, protecting and monitoring the alpine summits, and training the next generation of environmental stewards. The program is a partnership of ADK, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Adirondack Archangels is 304 pages, 6″ x 9″, and includes over 250 color and black and white photos, some of which are archival images. It is available in softcover for $24.95 at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080, or online at www.adk.org.
2018 is the 11th year of the book awards program. Catherine Goulet, Co-Chair of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, notes, “Our program has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world.” A complete list of 2018 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at www.indiebookawards.com.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
Movie “Bag It!” About Impact of Plastic Bags
Location: Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
Details: Learn about where the bags and other plastics end up. Join us for a screening of the documentary film Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic?, which exposes the impact of plastic bags and their effects on land ecosystems, marine life, and the human body. You may be surprised and shocked!
Co-sponsored by the GNC. Refreshments by Sierra Club at 7:00, program starts at 7:30.
Million Air Celebrates Grand Opening of New Hangar at Westchester Airport
State-of-the-Art Facility is Part of an $80 Million Investment
by Million Air in its 26-Acre Corporate Aviation Complex
WEST HARRISON, NY (May 2, 2018) – County and local officials today joined with executives from Million Air to celebrate the grand opening of Million Air’s new state-of-the-art hangar at its corporate aviation complex at Westchester County Airport. The 52,000-square-foot hangar is part of Million Air’s $80 million expansion and upgrade at the airport.
The two-story hangar features 28-foot height doors capable of housing a Gulfstream 650, which is Gulfstream’s largest business jet. Floors are heated with a high-tech radiant heat system that allows temperatures to be maintained for aircraft and pilots. The new hangar also includes eight customizable offices with storage space. With the completion of the new hangar, Million Air’s complex now has 84,000 square feet of hangar space and 7.25 acres of ramp space.
“The growth and development of our Million Air network and brand has come as a result of strong dedication from all levels within the organization,” said Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air. “As our employees continue to create powerful first impressions at the Westchester County Airport, we are reinvesting in our facilities to create more jobs and better service our customers. This is a win-win for our team and the Westchester County community.”
Construction is currently under way on a new 18,000-square-foot terminal. Located adjacent to the new hangar, the two-story Adirondack-styled terminal is luxuriously designed with a resort-style ambiance including elegant seating areas, wood and rock features, stone framed dual fireplaces and wood beam ceilings. The new terminal will feature conference rooms, pilot lounge with sleep rooms, barista staffed grand coffee bar, climate controlled indoor valet area and additional parking. The new terminal is expected be completed by the end of this year.
Westchester County Director of Operations Joan McDonald said: “Each day our administration is looking for opportunities to partner with businesses in Westchester County. We are proud of what we as a County have to offer both new and existing companies looking to make Westchester their home. Million Air’s new hangar at Westchester County Airport is a great example of what we can accomplish together.”
“Demand has been on the rise with a steady flow of aircraft coming in to the Westchester County Airport. The aviation industry has improved with the strengthened economy. It’s great to see our region experiencing an increase in new and repurposed construction projects that bring new jobs and new residents to our area. The airport has certainly facilitated the growth we are experiencing and I extend my sincere congratulations to Million Air and to all who participated in this wonderful project,” said Harrison Town Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont
In May 2016, the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a 30-year lease with Million Air, granting improvements of the company’s Fixed Base Operation facilities on the 26-acre property at Westchester County Airport. In October 2016, the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved issuing tax-exempt bonds for Million Air, which lowered the project’s financing costs.
Local Student Named New York National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society
7th Grader Jeremy Morton from Greenburgh’s Woodland Middle School has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 New York State/National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held in Albany, NY on Friday, April 6, 2018.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.
To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at www.natgeobee.org.
How would you fare as a National Geographic Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:
9. The easternmost part on the Horn of Africa is located in which country?
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Continuum Debuts in White Plains
16-Story Transit-Oriented Development is Newest
Luxury Rental to be Built in Downtown White Plains
WHITE PLAINS, NY (Nov. 2017) – LCOR, a fully integrated real estate
investment management and development company, has announced the debut of
*Continuum,* an innovative transit-oriented development featuring a wide
selection of stylish residences, a wealth of first-class amenities and easy
access to mass transit.
Located at 55 Bank Street immediately adjacent to the White Plains
Metro-North station, *Continuum* features a 16-story tower with 288
residences and 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and
underground parking with 381 spaces. The beautifully designed residences
feature the finest contemporary finishes with expansive windows that create
an open, airy and spacious feel with panoramic views of downtown White
Plains and the Manhattan skyline. Pre-leasing is under way and the first
residents are expected to move in November 15. For leasing information
The studios, which range from 523 to 587 square feet, are priced from
$2,120 to $2,380 per month. The one-bedroom residences range in size from
710 to 732 square feet with monthly rents ranging from $2,680 to $3,020.
The two-bedroom residences range in size from 1,184 to 1,256 square feet
and are priced from $3,845 to $4,220 per month.
*Continuum *features an impressive array of amenities from the grand
two-story lobby with 24-hour concierge to a sophisticated Sky Lounge that
includes a Club Room with a full complement of entertainment options
including a fireplace, kitchen, private dining area and multiple smart TVs.
An adjacent roof-top deck has an open air terrace, fire pit and spectacular
views of Manhattan. Residents can also enjoy a beautifully designed sundeck
terrace with swimming pool, plantings, outdoor furnishings and BBQ grills.
There is also a state-of-the-art fitness club, business center, children’s
playroom and game room/ simulator.
Located just steps away from the White Plains Metro-North station,
*Continuum* is only a 30-minute commute to Grand Central Station. It is
also minutes from fine restaurants, shops and entertainment in Downtown
“*Continuum *is a unique opportunity to enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle
with outstanding amenities, 24-hour concierge and an unbeatable location
that’s minutes from Metro-North and everything that Downtown White Plains
has to offer,” said Brian Barry, Senior Vice President of LCOR. “We are
especially proud to be part of the remarkable renaissance under way in
Downtown White Plains,” he added.
White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach said, “The importance of a vibrant,
well-functioning transit hub to a city cannot be understated. In White
Plains we are moving forward with plans to improve our Transit District.
The Continuum aligns with our vision for the District and I am pleased to
see it come to fruition. In addition to a great living space, Continuum
Dealing with Devastation
Editorial by James C. Benerofe
With the onslaught of natural disasters in recent months, there are practical steps that we could
take to make recovery easier and allow for dealing more effectively with long and short term recovery. We have been faced with hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Hurricanes
and floods have devastated island and coastlines.
Why don’t we have some large cruise ships come into places like Puerto Rico and other tropical islands and house thousands of people until reconstruction of infrastructure can be completed.
This would be an immediate interim solution–an obviously temporary measure.
For the long term, FEMA should consider and evaluate building disaster recovery ships that would essentially be floating cities. These ships would be designed like cruise ships. FEMA might also
explore buying and modifying existing cruise ships. These ships would have the ability to move to a disaster area within a matter of days. The ships would be designed with all of the facilities that a community has–apartments, retail stores, medical services, recreational services, and a lot of other necessities. The ship would be stocked and maintained at all times. The ships would vary in size
starting at accommodating 500 to 1000 people and going to as large as 5000 to 6000 people.
The objective of this concept would be to bring families and individuals back to some kind of
normal lifestyle as quickly as possible.This kind of program will require extensive evaluation.
We are dealing with catastrophic events involving millions of people and we need to do something.
A Federal Tax Cut Plan
Editorial by James C. Benerofe
If I were President, this is what I would propose as a tax cut.
Anyone with W-2 income of $50,000.00 or less would pay ZERO Federal Income Tax. They would continue to pay Social Security.
They would still file a tax return. If states that have an income tax
wished to participate they could offer the same tax cut. This plan
would not require any elaborate legislation and would likely create
an immediate stimulus to the economy. There would also be written
into the legislation a qualification gap so that individuals earning say $51,000.00 would still qualify. Reasonably, the gap would be limited to $5,000.00. After five years, an economic review of how effective
this was in stimulating the economy would be undertaken. If it was determined successful, it would be permanent. It might also be considered at that time to apply it to higher income levels (although there should be a limitation on how it should go, perhaps based on the cost of living index).