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NYguy
March 19th, 2003, 06:56 PM
Some projects complete or nearing completion in this "suburb" north of the Bronx (Westchester)
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CITY/TOWN CENTER...(includes 2 35-story towers)

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OTHER PROJECTS


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NYguy
March 19th, 2003, 07:05 PM
Development in last rendering..

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Fortunoff...

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NYguy
March 19th, 2003, 07:33 PM
Cappelli unveils 2-tower plans
By SUSAN ELAN THE JOURNAL NEWS

WHITE PLAINS Developer Louis Cappelli yesterday presented the White Plains Common Council with his second, $300 million development proposal for downtown that would include a 35-story Westin hotel and condo complex, and a 35-story office tower.

Council members reacted favorably to the layout and design of the proposed Main Street high-rise that would house a 192-room Westin hotel with meeting facilities and a small ballroom, as well as 200 condominiums.

But near the end of the three-hour meeting at City Hall, several council members balked at a request by Cappelli that some said would let the site be developed too densely.

"The downtown was zoned so that construction of this density would not be feasible," Councilman Thomas Roach said.

The disagreement focused on whether to consider as a single unit Cappelli's recently acquired site at 221 Main St. and his parcel at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue where the $300 million City Center movie theater-retail and residential development is under construction. The city's Urban Renewal Agency agreed to designate the parcels as a single unit last week.

The new project would require the extension of Court Street between Main Street and Hamilton Avenue to provide access to the complex.

If the council also agrees to the proposal, Cappelli would have the right to construct a 35-story office tower off Hamilton Avenue that would not taper at the top, as he proposes to do with his hotel-condo building.

However, Cappelli would still be able to achieve the same 1 million square feet of construction at the new site by transferring some of the air rights he acquired from the city, from an approved but not constructed retail floor at the City Center, and from Grace Episcopal Church, which adjoins 221 Main St.

Instead of building a 35-story office building that would remain the same width from top to bottom, Cappelli could use more of the open space at the site to achieve the same amount of square footage.

Refusal by the council would not be a deal breaker, Cappelli said.

Councilwoman Rita Malmud also expressed concern over the nearly 1,500 vehicles that would come to the site each day.

"We need to pay particular attention as to how we will move people and cars easily" in the downtown, Malmud said.

A request by Cappelli to the council to let him build 60,000 square feet of retail space on top of the Main-Martine municipal garage that is currently being rebuilt did not raise objections.

The space could be used as a health club and spa, would occupy only a small portion of the top level of the garage, and would add only 20 additional feet in height, Cappelli said as he showed a color rendering of the proposal to the council.

"I think it looks nice and is a good location," Councilman Bill King said. "And it's not too tall."

NYguy
March 19th, 2003, 07:43 PM
More on the 2 largest developments in White Plains...

Cappelli outlines hotel, office plan
By SUSAN ELAN *

WHITE PLAINS Developer Louis Cappelli yesterday took the first formal steps toward his second, $300 million development in downtown White Plains. It would include a 35-story Westin hotel and condo complex and a 35-story office tower.

Although the project will require an extensive environmental review, evaluation by the city's boards and commissions and numerous public hearings, Cappelli said he is aiming for final city approval by August. The goal is to begin construction in October and finish in 2005, Cappelli has said.

Cappelli also told city officials yesterday that the movie theater-retail portion of his $300 million City Center development across the street from the hotel site is on schedule for an opening in October.

The newly proposed Main Street high-rise would house a 192-room Westin hotel with meeting facilities and 200 condominiums ranging from studios to three bedrooms. Construction of a 35-story office building off Hamilton Avenue would take place simultaneously if enough tenants make a commitment, Cappelli said.

The new project would require the extension of Court Street between Main Street and Hamilton Avenue to provide access to the complex.

Beyer Blinder Belle, the Manhattan architectural firm that designed the City Center, also will work on the new proposal, Cappelli said. He wants the hotel complex and City Center, which would be diagonally across from each other on Main Street, to create a visual link.

Cappelli told the Urban Renewal Agency he hopes to open the movie-retail portion of the City Center in time for his birthday on Oct. 10.

"I want to end the first project and start on the new project on that same day," said Cappelli, who will turn 52.

The steel work on the entertainment and retail portion of the City Center has been completed, and the crane will be removed from the site within the next few days, Cappelli said yesterday.

"This is a milestone," he said. "We have put in 8,000 tons of steel worth $15 million."

Work to outfit the interior of the building for tenants, including a Target store, Circuit City and 15 movie theaters, will begin within two to three weeks, he said.

By the end of the month, Cappelli also plans to begin work on a separate condominium loft building that will be located off the Martine Avenue side of the City Center project. The 20, 1,900-square-foot units will feature 11-foot-high ceilings and will sell for $900,000 apiece, he said.

The target date to begin work on the second of two 35-story City Center apartment towers is April 15.

Cappelli also is rebuilding the Main-Martine public garage as part of the City Center. The garage is slated to open Sept. 1.

"We're in good shape in spite of the winter weather," he said.

NYguy
March 24th, 2003, 06:24 PM
Louis Cappelli took the wraps off detailed first rushes of his plans for a hotel and office complex on Main Street between Church and Court Streets Thursday evening and received enthusiastic response from the Common Council. The "Super Developer" brought back the design impresario for his City Center, Fred Bland, of Beyer, Blinder Belle of New York to present the designs for the 35 story hotel and 30 story office building in the distinct and eloquent Bland style.

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ANOTHER BLOCKBUSTER FROM BLAND: The Fred Bland design for the 35-story Starwood Westin Hotel and Condominium complex presented to the Common Council Thursday night. Louis Cappelli plans a block long restaurant on the Main Street streetscape, 6 stories(192 rooms) of hotel above, and 29 stories of luxury condominiums bigger and more luxurious than rentals being built at his City Center.The building behind the hotel-condoplex is an office building Cappelli said would not be built on speculation. He is hoping for a single tenant corporate tenant to lease it before he starts the office portion of project.

Gulcrapek
March 24th, 2003, 06:26 PM
Good name for an architect.

NYguy
March 24th, 2003, 06:28 PM
LOL. *Here's another look at City Center...


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NYguy
March 24th, 2003, 06:58 PM
From the White Plains CitizeNet Reporter, more views of both building projects...

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THE VIEW LOOKING SOUTH FROM CHATTERON HILL ACROSS HAMILTON AVENUE: In the foreground is the office building, that will be highlighted by a glass atrium entrance and foyer allowing clear views through the lobby towards the hotel fronting Main Street. Four floors of parking garage for 900 cars will be built below street level and four above. Parking will be for 1,430 cars and serve both the hotel and office tenant.


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HOTEL-CONDOPLEX IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY: A three dimensional model shows how the new "Cappelli Bland Hotel" will fit into the city scape. You are looking from the Southwest to the Northeast. Diagonally across from the two miniature white models of the hotel/condoplex is the City Center. The two City Center residential towers are at the right of your picture.


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THE NEW CITY SKYLINE, LOOKING WEST DOWN MAIN STREET: The two City Center residential towers are shown to the left on this miniature model of White Plains. The "Cappelli Bland Hotel" and Office Plex are the white models to the right fronting Main Street.


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THE VIEW OF CONROY PLACE FROM THE STEPS OF CITY HALL, showing the new health facility of the City Center Garage at center of the picture. The tall structure slightly to the right of center is the South Cappelli Tower on Matine Avenue. To the right in the foreground is the North Cappelli residential tower, to the left is the rendering for the envisioned Corner Nook/Deli/Main Street Bookstore property.

NYguy
April 18th, 2003, 09:23 AM
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The Renaissance of White Plains
By LISA W. FODERARO

WHITE PLAINS, April 17 During the 1990's, as cities everywhere seemed to prosper and expand, this unassuming city became the wallflower of Westchester. The office vacancy rate ballooned to 31 percent. The downtown turned ghostly at night. And not a single movie screen flickered across its nine square miles.

But now, as the rest of the region worries through the current recession, White Plains is the belle of the ball and, appropriately, raising a toast to itself. Overnight and against the odds, it has become a boomtown.

A billion dollars' worth of construction is under way, including more than 1,600 rental apartments in and around the central business district. Fifteen movie screens, new restaurants and major retailers from Target to Fortunoff are in the works. And developers keep proposing more: a hotel, condominiums, even office space (now that the vacancy rate has dropped to a respectable 15 percent).

How did White Plains, the archetypal "edge city" of the New York suburbs, suddenly become everybody's sweetheart? To many minds, the answer is Mayor Joseph Delfino. After taking office five years ago, he made it his mission to bring residential development to downtown, following the lead of Stamford, Conn.

He streamlined the notoriously complex, drawn-out process by which developers sought approval, and he broke the city's immutable 230-foot building-height barrier by allowing 350-foot high-rises downtown. He also courted builders and retailers with gusto, personally showing Louis Fortunoff a site recently vacated by Saks Fifth Avenue.

"Developers didn't feel comfortable and didn't feel welcomed," said Mr. Delfino, a native of White Plains, a Republican and a former county legislator. "Now the attitude is: Go to White Plains. They'll make things happen for you."

As one strolls through downtown, where cement mixers whirl and stacks of lumber are moved through the air, there is a sense that White Plains is undergoing a personality change. Many are eager for the downtown to hum with new life, but others look at the future high-rises and shudder.

"I feel overwhelmed by that height," said Louise Foley, a retired analyst for I.B.M. and a longtime resident, gazing up at the new building. "White Plains is no longer going to be a small town."

City officials insist that if developers had not been allowed to build higher, they would have taken their blueprints elsewhere. "The bottom line is, some people want this to be Mayberry, but you know, Andy Griffith died many years ago at least the character died," said George Gretsas, the city's executive officer.

Like many cities that dot the suburbs, White Plains has remained a vibrant place to live for its 53,000 residents, despite its bedraggled downtown. There are snug neighborhoods with well-kept houses, and quiet avenues with imposing residences.

Residents appreciate the relatively low taxes, a benefit of the many companies based here. Indeed, White Plains drew the first major corporate relocation from New York City, when General Foods moved its headquarters to Westchester Avenue in 1954.

Certainly, the city in the 1990's was not devoid of development. The Westchester mall opened in 1995, bringing a million square feet of retail space and upscale stores like Tiffany and Williams-Sonoma.

The same year that the mall opened, however, the heart of downtown stumbled when Macy's left the intersection of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue. The department store resurfaced a few blocks away, but the sprawling limestone structure that it had occupied sat empty for years, sapping energy from the retail corridor.

Vacancies spread, punctuated by $1 stores, and the site attracted more pigeon droppings than redevelopment plans. City officials were crestfallen when Tishman-Speyer abandoned its plan for a retail center and 21-screen Loews movie theater.

But two years ago, a developer with a long track record, Louis R. Cappelli, strode into town. He had just completed New Roc City in New Rochelle, a $190 million sports, entertainment, retail and hotel complex that helped turn around the downtown area with a huge dose of razzmatazz.

For White Plains, he was proposing a $320 million project, called City Center, on a seven-acre parcel that included the old Macy's site. On it he would erect twin 35-story towers with 300 rentals each; a half-million square feet of retail space; a 15-screen movie theater, and parking for 2,340 cars.

Mayor Delfino was ecstatic. But there were months of hand-wringing on the City Council over building heights. Until then the tallest structure in the city was 20 stories. Mr. Cappelli prevailed, and the project is scheduled to open in the fall. The city persuaded him to include a 450-seat community theater amid his retail lineup of Target, Circuit City, Barnes & Noble, Legal Sea Foods and others.

Mr. Cappelli credits the mayor with opening the doors to development. "Mayor Delfino and his staff listened to what it takes to make a development successful," Mr. Cappelli said. "You get an honest opinion out of them about where you stand right away."

The City Council is now considering the next phase of Mr. Cappelli's minicity a hotel-condominium tower at 221 Main Street, across from his City Center, and an adjacent office tower. Both would be 350 feet high. Mr. Cappelli says he prefers to build in a weak economy when financing is cheaper.

"My buildings are timed to come on line over the course of the next year when the war could be over and the stock market could go through the roof," he said. "We've already been in a low point for a while, and I'm making a bet that we're going to go up."

While it is clearly the most ambitious project, Mr. Cappelli's is not the only one in town.

Near the train station, workers are finishing two 21-story apartment buildings, called Bank Street Commons, with a total of 500 rental apartments. On the other side of town is Clayton Park, a 260-unit complex on Canfield Avenue that is nearly complete. At the south end of Mamaroneck Avenue, demolition has started for the Jefferson, a 285-unit apartment building.

Things are bubbling on the retail front, too. Fortunoff is moving into Westchester with a project that will include a 190,000-square-foot store and 72,000 square feet of retail space for lease on Bloomingdale Road. And residents now have a Stop & Shop superstore, which opened on Westchester Avenue in December.

"It's probably the most exciting time of all for White Plains, when you consider all that is going on simultaneously," said Frank Tomasulo, a senior vice president of CB Richard Ellis, a leading commercial real estate firm.

White Plains, he said, was wise to copy Stamford's strategy of putting apartments downtown. "The influx of housing created a real buzz that makes that a 24-hour city," Mr. Tomasulo said.

Diane Cisterna, a White Plains resident for 50 years and co-owner of Creation Plus, a hair salon in the shadow of the City Center project, describes White Plains after hours as a "ghost town." City Center, she feels, "is the best thing that could have happened."

But her employee, Vicky Driggs, a hair stylist who has lived here for 30 years, isn't so sure. "I don't like such big, big buildings," she said. "If they build more, it's going to look like New York City."

Such misgivings are a concern for the mayor's office. Already, the City Council seems to be taking a tougher approach to Mr. Cappelli's hotel and office proposals.

"The wind is finally at our backs and there's a handful of people who say, `Oh no, now's the time to stop; bring everything to a halt and let's see where we are,' " Mr. Gretsas, the mayor's deputy, said. "The momentum has brought us to the point where we may be good, but you take that momentum to get to the finish line, which is greatness."


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City Center, a $320 million project that will include two apartment towers, retail space, a multiplex cinema and parking for almost 2,500 cars, is to open in the fall.

Kris
April 22nd, 2003, 07:01 AM
April 22, 2003

Construction and Outdoor Cafes in White Plains

By TANYA MOHN

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Louis R. Cappelli, a White Plains developer, is briefed by an engineer at the site of the City Center project, scheduled to open in October.

So many corporations started flocking north to White Plains and environs from Manhattan in the 1950's that one highway that became studded with their office buildings was known as the Platinum Mile. Then, starting in the 1980's, many departed, including General Foods and Texaco, in the mergers-and-acquisitions binge of the 80's and the downsizing that went with it. Soon 99-cent stores and tattoo parlors were sprouting in the formerly bustling downtown.

Now, though, the economic decline has ended. Some companies, like PepsiCo and I.B.M., never left the area, and others, including MasterCard International and many small and medium-size businesses, have set up shop. The influx accelerated after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with several prominent law firms opening offices and Morgan Stanley buying the former Texaco headquarters in nearby Harrison to accommodate up to 3,000 employees and a trading floor.

Construction is everywhere, fueled by more than $1 billion of private investment in the last four years, much of it helped by the $320 million City Center project scheduled to open in October by a local developer, Louis R. Cappelli. The city has spruced up the business district with potted flowers, trees and new street lights and sidewalks; outdoor cafes are packed at lunch, and police officers patrol the streets on bikes.

AIRPORT

A cab from La Guardia, Kennedy International or Newark Liberty International Airports can take 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the traffic, but the WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT, built for the military in World War II, is just minutes away.

Though it is one of the nation's three busiest airports for corporate and charter flights and is served by more than a dozen airlines, it has not lost its country club feel. Lawrence C. Salley, the county's commissioner of transportation, says a new security master plan will "go above and beyond" federal requirements.

HOTELS

At the newly renovated CROWNE PLAZA (914-682-0050, $199 to $239) downtown, courtesy shuttle buses will take you anywhere within seven miles. Its bar is a popular local hangout for its large-screen projection television and Friday night karaoke. "These people really care about doing it right," said Dr. Gerald Gardner, an orthodontist who holds professional meetings there. The staff even held an impromptu pajama party during a recent blizzard.

For easy airport access, try the DORAL ARROWWOOD CONFERENCE RESORT (914-939-5500, $200 to $225) in Rye Brook, which specializes in corporate business retreats and meetings. Christine C. Counihan, a program training coordinator for Citigroup in Manhattan who runs executive training programs there, likes the rates and the free movies and popcorn offered some evenings; her participants like the indoor and outdoor tennis courts, the pool and the nine-hole golf course.

RESTAURANTS

Dan Tearno, a vice president of Heineken USA in White Plains, recommends MULINO'S (914-761-1818, $110 for dinner for two, including wine and tip) for its northern Italian cuisine and the tables that look out on a courtyard garden with waterfalls. "It's where the political movers and shakers in the county eat," he said. He also likes the Mediterranean fare at TROTTERS (914-421-5012, $85). It features live jazz or a D.J. at the cocktail lounge Wednesday through Saturday. It's also the place to see and be seen.

Richard G. Baccari, managing partner of the Richard G. Baccari & Company accounting firm, says if you want to do something a little different, take a client to the recently opened SEASON'S JAPANESE BISTRO (914-421-1163, $40; no liquor license yet, so bring your own) for sushi and soup. Another newcomer is VINTAGE (914-328-5803, $100). It is in a refurbished Art Deco building and serves eclectic dishes like Thai peanut shrimp lo mein.

For power breakfasts, Richard P. Biondi, a vice president for the White Plains Hospital Center, says CITY LIMITS DINER (914-686-9000) "has the greatest homemade granola in the world" as well as delightful aromas wafting in from the bakery.

ENTERTAINMENT

Mr. Biondi likes GRYPHON'S (914-682-0048), "a relaxing little place for beer and darts," great burgers and Peruvian-Italian fusion food. Mr. Tearno enjoys DOOLEY MAC'S (914-428-0211), which he describes as "a good Irish pub," and MICHAEL'S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS CAFE (914-946-9385), a haven for Yankee fans.

LAZY BOY SALOON (914-761-0272) is a good place to shoot pool over one or two of the more than 400 brands of beer on the menu. For a quiet alternative, LOLOVIVI (914-682-4128), a new wine-and-dessert bar, serves espresso, gourmet teas and light fare amid overstuffed pillows and lots of candlelight.


Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

Kris
October 15th, 2003, 01:29 AM
October 15, 2003

REGIONAL MARKET

White Plains Project Adds Big Retailer

By ELSA BRENNER

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Target's new store in Westchester County is below street level in the new City Center at White Plains.

WHITE PLAINS, Oct. 14 - Target, the national discount merchandiser, has opened a 153,000-square-foot store here, becoming the first retailer to ring up sales in a new $320 million retail-residential complex called the City Center at White Plains that will also include a Circuit City, a 15-screen National Amusements movie theater, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, several restaurants and two 35-story residential towers.

It is Target's initial foray into Westchester County, and its first store below street level. It is also its first outlet in a residential-retail complex.

Usually the retailer, which has more than 1,200 stores in 47 states, locates in one-level freestanding stores in a community or regional shopping area.

In downtown White Plains, which is undergoing major retail and residential redevelopment, the merchandiser will serve as a co-anchor with the theater complex, which is scheduled to open next month, in a four-level (one of them below ground) 540,000-square-foot retail center.

A vertical retail format - as opposed to the more traditional horizontally structured mall - is increasingly being seen in metropolitan areas where land is at a premium, said Mark Schulman, a partner in Street-Works, the White Plains architectural firm responsible for the overall design of the City Center complex.

"The value of dirt today is often such that it requires us to put this kind of density on a site, with co-anchors on the bottom and top floors instead of across the way from each other," he said.

The White Plains complex, including 529 rental units and condominiums as well as a 10-level parking garage, is being built by Cappelli Enterprises of Valhalla.

The complex occupies most of a city block, on land where a Macy's department store once stood.

Macy's moved from one corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue in the mid-1990's to the Galleria at White Plains, a mall across the street.

This past summer, Sears Roebuck left the 270,000-square-foot free-standing store it had occupied nearby for 37 years to join Macy's as a co-anchor in the Galleria.

The new leaseholders of the former Sears building say they are spending $17 million to redevelop it and are looking for several retailers to occupy the site.

Several blocks away in the downtown area, a Fortunoff store opened last month in a 265,000-square-foot, four-story retail complex directly across from the Westchester, a million-square-foot mall built in the early 1990's and anchored by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Fortunoff took over a site formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue, which left the city after 52 years.

A spokeswoman for Target, Paula Greear, said that the White Plains location would be able to draw customers from a broad geographic area bounded by Greenwich, Conn., to the north and New Rochelle to the south. Another advantage, she said, is that the area is not oversaturated with existing discount retailers.

Target, which has hired 35 full-time and 65 part-time workers for the store, is purchasing its new quarters from LC White Plains Retail, a commercial condominium organization formed by Cappelli Enterprises.

Ms. Greear, the spokeswoman, would not disclose the purchase price. The other stores are leasing their spaces.

Circuit City, one of the largest electronic chains, will open its 38,000-square-foot store at City Center tomorrow.

The stores uses a new design that features "more dramatic lighting, increased signage and most of the stock on the selling floor as opposed to in the warehouse," said Jim Babb, a spokesman.

Mr. Babb would not disclose specific terms of its 20-year lease.

Barnes & Noble, which is taking 27,000 square feet, will open during the winter.

In addition to worrying about the possibility of additional traffic congestion - an estimated 12,000 more vehicular trips to the city a day - some residents have voiced concerns about the fate of the smaller retail shops and restaurants lining Mamaroneck Avenue, an area that has long struggled in the shadow of the Galleria, a thriving mall that opened during the 1970's.

But Bruce Berg, executive vice president of Cappelli Enterprises, says the retail-entertainment complex has been designed to encourage pedestrian activity on the street, "and not just be a separate entity unto itself."

Rather than circulating within the stores of the complex, shoppers will in most cases have to go outside to enter another retail outlet within the building.

Also, Mr. Berg predicts that the new residences at City Center will create the need for service businesses like restaurants, florists and dry cleaners on the street.

The rental office for the first apartment tower is scheduled to open early next year.


Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

krulltime
April 20th, 2004, 03:12 PM
Cappelli, White Plains to iron out hotel plans

By SUSAN ELAN

THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: April 18, 2004)

WHITE PLAINS A development plan for the last major piece of downtown real estate is expected to come before the Common Council for a vote May 3, but agreements on several key issues, ranging from open space to affordable housing, have yet to be reached.

To try to resolve the remaining points concerning plans for the $350 million hotel, residential and office complex at 221 Main St., developer Louis Cappelli and the council are scheduled to meet Thursday at City Hall.

Among the questions city officials want answered is whether Cappelli has lined up a hotel chain to participate in the project. A six-story hotel serves as the base of two 35-story, residential towers that would be built adjacent to Grace Episcopal Church. A 28-story office building, measuring 310 feet, also is proposed for Hamilton Avenue as part of the Renaissance Square complex.

"I have an agreement in principle with Starwood Hotels for a Westin Hotel with about 200 rooms at the site," Cappelli said last week. Although there is no signed deal with a hotel chain, Cappelli said, the recent spurt of development in White Plains has generated widespread interest in his proposed 890,000-square-foot project.

"The dynamics in White Plains have changed dramatically in the last three years," Cappelli said. "This is no longer a city where you have to convince people to come. It's a city where people and companies want to come."

Mark Ricci, a spokesman for the White Plains-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., was unable to confirm any agreement between Starwood and Cappelli.

Bank Street Commons, a new apartment complex located opposite the city's Metro-North Railroad station, has city approval to build a 200-room hotel at its site but has not yet closed a deal.

LCOR, the Manhattan-based developer of Bank Street Commons, "is talking to a number of people in the hotel industry who are interested in the site," spokesman David Stearns said Friday.

Hotel industry analyst Joe Bonner of Argus Research in Manhattan said business has picked up for the entire hotel market since the slump that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack and the threat of a SARS epidemic.

"Things started getting better in the hotel industry towards the end of 2003," Bonner said. "Upscale hotels that cater to the business traveler such as Starwood are doing particularly well."

Cappelli said he is interested only in the highest end of the hotel industry because that would best suit his development, where condominium apartments are expected to sell for about $500 a square foot.

Elected officials and a spokesman for the city's civic associations said that before the project is approved, agreement must be reached on a number of issues.

They include the amount of open space available at the project's ground level, the buildings' layout and facade appearance, the shadows and wind they would create, and how the developer would meet a city requirement to provide 6 percent of the proposed 290 residential units for below-market housing.

Councilwoman Rita Malmud said the council has not yet approved legislation that would allow Cappelli to pay into a fund for affordable homeownership to assist low- and moderate-income families with down payments instead of turning over some of his residential units for rental at below-market rates.

Bob Meyerson, secretary of the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations, expressed concern about the effect a project the size of Cappelli's would have on the downtown's infrastructure and utilities, including electricity, gas, water and sewers.

Such concerns will be addressed when the council meets with Cappelli on Thursday, said Susan Habel, the city's planning commissioner.

A site plan of the project distributed to the council on April 7 shows that Cappelli's plan provides more than the 20 percent of open space required at street level at the site, Habel said.

In addition, legislation enabling Cappelli to pay into a city-run fund for affordable homeownership has been drawn up and awaits a vote by the council, she said.

As to the question of the project's effect on infrastructure, Habel said, "If there is one thing we have, it's capacity. And if there wasn't enough, the developer would be required to pay for it."

TLOZ Link5
April 20th, 2004, 07:12 PM
I wonder how tall those 35-story office buildings are. If the city's height limit is 350 feet as many articles state, it doesn't seem practical to have only a 10-foot floor-to-floor height for a 35-story building; office buildings need a lot more space between floors and ceilings for utilities, not to mention the height of the lobby and a mechanical penthouse would make the building's floors a lot shorter.

Kris
May 15th, 2004, 05:50 AM
May 15, 2004

Trump Adds His Name to Condos

By THOMAS CRAMPTON

WHITE PLAINS, May 14 - What's a name worth? Donald J. Trump, who on Friday announced that he would lend his name to a luxury apartment building in Westchester that is almost half built, will not say.

Interviewed by telephone as he putted toward the ninth hole in a golf game, Mr. Trump declined to disclose any aspect of his financial interest in the deal beyond insisting that renaming the 35-story building Trump Tower at City Center was sure to increase the value.

"The name Trump has got more recognition than any other name in the business," Mr. Trump said. "People know it means quality and they recognize that with higher prices."

A real estate developer better known recently for firing hapless contestants on the television show 'The Apprentice,' Mr. Trump said his company would be involved in development, sale and management when the building is complete.

"I will not be having anyone from 'The Apprentice' running this project," Mr. Trump said. "But I do hope this building will be as successful as the show."

Sixteen stories of the building, which is expected to open in the summer of 2005, have already been completed. It is part of the $325 million City Center complex here that is being built by Louis R. Cappelli, a Westchester developer. In addition to the 212 luxury condominiums of the newly renamed Trump Tower, the complex includes retailers like Barnes & Noble and the New York Sports Club.

Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

kingdavid
June 8th, 2004, 08:21 AM
i used to have a girl from white plains.

a few years ago it was a nice quiet town with some stores and little to do at night. overall, that was not bad. i even thought of moving there.

during my last visit, i came across an overbuilt, congested small town that is trying too hard to be a mini manhattan.

i hope the city council knows what they are doing.

TLOZ Link5
June 10th, 2004, 02:35 PM
I hope so, too. But consider this: if Buffalo tried to copy Manhattan instead of Detroit, it would probably get somewhere.

Kris
January 3rd, 2005, 02:37 AM
January 3, 2005

Shedding a Low Profile

By LISA W. FODERARO

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The 35-story One City Place and its twin, Trump Tower, which is to be completed next fall, are changing the face of White Plains. About half of One City Place's 311 residential units have been rented.

WHITE PLAINS - This unassuming city of shopping centers and quiet residential streets has begun to develop something that no other city in Westchester County has: a skyline.

In the last few months, 35-story residential towers have begun poking above the squat, chunky office buildings that make up the downtown.

Between the Bronx and Stamford, another urban retail and business hub, no other city or town has buildings even approaching Manhattan-like high-rise heights. But in less than two years, some 2,000 rental and condominium units have been built or are under construction in this county seat. And with the residential towers have come the first clear signs of after-hours life in the business district, with new restaurants and an enormous lighted fountain - synchronized to music - that draws crowds at night.

The mayor, Joseph M. Delfino, used to joke that you could shoot a cannon down the street at night and not hit a car or a pedestrian. "Now you have to be careful where you aim," said Bruce Berg, an executive vice president of Cappelli Enterprises, the leading downtown developer.

With the exception of the high-end Westchester Mall, on the edge of the business district and packed with well-heeled shoppers toting Tiffany bags, the retail scene in the heart of the downtown lagged.

For the better part of a decade, a former Macy's department store sat empty at the corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue, a vital intersection that was dotted with vacancies and 99-cent stores. Even Starbucks, which plants a flag in almost any town with a retail pulse, had stayed away.

But now there's a glossy new Starbucks overlooking the fountain. Macy's has been replaced by a huge mixed-used development called City Center, with a 35-story rental tower, One City Place, already built, and a twin condominium tower, bearing the Trump name, still rising. And in perhaps the clearest sign of the transformation of the business district, there is now a sales office for Trump Tower, as well as an adjoining loft building, where stores once hawked cheap toys and toiletries.

Breaking the city's traditional 20-story skyline, the towers loom over a retail complex that includes Target, Barnes & Noble, Circuit City, the Legal Seafood restaurant, Filene's Basement and the first new movie theater the city has had in years.

The towers also lifted the prices in the housing market. With an indoor pool and views of the Manhattan skyline and Long Island Sound, One City Place, with 311 units, is charging $2,000 to $2,600 for granite- and marble-sheathed one-bedroom apartments and as much as $5,500 for a three-bedroom apartment. Leasing started in April, and about half the apartments are rented.

The Trump Tower condominiums are priced from $645,000 to $1.6 million. The tower, with 212 apartments, will not be finished until fall 2005. But the condominiums have sold so fast that the developer, Cappelli, has increased prices four times. Two-thirds of the units have sold since the apartments went on the market in early October, sold by Cappelli under a licensing agreement with Donald Trump.

Both empty nesters and young professionals like Doug Champion are attracted to the new housing. Mr. Champion, a 36-year-old bachelor and the national director of sales training for Serta Inc., was recently transferred from Chicago to the company's New Jersey office.

Having lived in downtown Chicago, Mr. Champion looked for an apartment in Manhattan but was discouraged by the prices. Although his rent is not cheap - $2,200 for a one-bedroom - it is far lower than rents for comparable apartments in Manhattan, which is about 40 minutes away by train.

"I like nice new stuff, and in Manhattan you could find something in a great area, but it was old," he said. "I found this place and fell in love with it. It seemed comfortable."

Older residents, many of whom took advantage of the galloping real estate appreciation of recent years when they sold their houses, say they like the convenience of being able to walk everywhere, as well as the vitality of an urban environment without Manhattan's noise, crowds and crime.

"It's city living outside the city," said Michael W. Dolphin, 58, who moved into a two-bedroom apartment at One City Place in mid-December, after having sold a three-bedroom condominium for $750,000 in Somers, a semirural town in northern Westchester County.

Mr. Dolphin, who pays $3,300 a month in rent, said he shortened his commute to the Westchester County Airport, about four miles north of White Plains, where he owns a business that services jets. He might buy a condominium in Trump Tower, which he can see taking shape from his 18th-floor window, he said. But for now he is enjoying an even faster trip to Target, an elevator and an escalator ride away.

"Who's got a Target in their basement?" he boasted. "The other day I was putting together some furniture, and I ran downstairs and came back with a 12-wrench set, a pack of bagels, milk and toilet paper. Same store."

City officials say the infusion of high-income residents is adding balance to the makeup of the downtown. Much of the nine-square-mile city of roughly 54,000 residents is composed of solidly middle and upper middle-class neighborhoods, with spacious single-family houses and some mansions.

But according to Paul Wood, the city's acting executive officer, a recent study revealed that 82 percent of the housing stock in the downtown area, defined as the blocks between Main Street and East Post Road, from South Broadway to the Metro-North Railroad station, fell into the "subsidized, regulated or assisted" categories, either through limits imposed on rent or federal housing vouchers.

"It was stacked the other way, so we evened out the demographic," Mr. Wood said. "The whole plan was to create a neighborhood downtown, which was ripped out during the urban renewal of the 1960's and 1970's."

Officials do not seem worried about the impact of the new housing on the public schools. An analysis by the city found that only three dozen new students would be added to the schools from the hundreds of new rental apartments now being leased. The schools, in turn, would reap more than two-thirds of the so-called payments in lieu of taxes that the city negotiated with the building owners.

"The compensation will more than make up for the additional students," said Mayor Delfino, who wooed housing developers in recent years by allowing taller buildings and simplifying the complex, lengthy approval process.

Other new apartment buildings in and around the business district may not be quite as upscale as One City Place, but they are also reaching for the affluent market. Bank Street Commons, which consists of two new 21-story towers by the train station, with a total of 500 apartments, is almost fully leased, Mr. Wood said.

Just outside the official downtown, at Canfield Avenue and Main Street, is Clayton Park, a 260-unit rental building with handsome landscaping and gleaming green-tinted windows. About 80 percent of the apartments are leased.

Cappelli, which built the $350 million City Center, has city approval for an equally ambitious 35-story complex, called Renaissance Square. It will rise diagonally across Main Street from City Center, next to Grace Church, and will include a hotel, a 200-unit rental tower, a 200-unit condominium tower and a 28-story office building.

"We're very upbeat about the market," Mr. Berg, of Cappelli, said. "The fact that we sold 65 percent of the units in Trump Tower in nine weeks tells us that there's enormous demand. White Plains is becoming a vibrant city, which is what it should have been. I don't think the market has seen anything near its peak."

Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

pianoman11686
January 9th, 2006, 10:00 AM
Listings of High-End Condos Proliferate

By ELSA BRENNER

Published: January 8, 2006

WHITE PLAINS

SOON after the luxury condominiums at Trump Tower went on the market early last year in this city's rapidly growing downtown, Mary Ellen Gramolini snapped up a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath unit for $570,000. "I got in on the ground floor," said Mrs. Gramolini, who then sat back and watched as the prices of units in Trump Tower soared.

Mrs. Gramolini's plan was to rent out her unit for several years and then, once her three children were grown and on their own, move in with her husband, Tom.

But she became worried that the market was becoming saturated and that she might have trouble renting her apartment, and she put her unit up for sale in the fall, asking $699,000.

She was not the only one who decided to speculate on the 212 condos in the newly built 35-story Trump Tower at City Center, where some units offer views of the New York City skyline.

John Durante, a real estate investor and law student at Pace University, purchased a two-bedroom penthouse condo with two and a half baths and a 500-square-foot terrace at the new Trump building for just over $1 million. Last fall, when the units in the residential tower were almost sold out, Mr. Durante put his condo on the market for $1.9 million. When it did not sell, he lowered the price to $1.79 million. It still has not sold.

Both Mrs. Gramolini and Mr. Durante tried to do what many speculators have done during the hot condo market of the past 18 months - buy at a low price and then flip their units six months or a year later. But as Mrs. Gramolini and Mr. Durante and others learned this fall, the upward momentum of the real estate market seems to have abated somewhat.

Mrs. Gramolini's condominium is in contract. She would not reveal the sale price, although she indicated it was below her asking price. "Because I got in at the ground floor, I'm not taking a loss," she said. "It just didn't work out as well as I had hoped."

Mr. Durante put two condos on the market: a penthouse he occupied in another section of downtown White Plains and his Trump condo. The occupied unit sold quickly. He said he would move into his unsold Trump condo.

"Not just in White Plains, but all over Westchester, the condo market has softened," Mr. Durante said. "It's especially true in White Plains," because another high-end residential project is nearing completion, "and people have a lot to chose from," he added.

Of 125 apartments on which buyers have already closed at Trump Tower at City Center, about one-third returned to the market shortly after their closings. Some people describe the surfeit of condos on the market in White Plains as a glut.

But P. Gilbert Mercurio, chief executive of the Westchester County Board of Realtors in White Plains, called that an overstatement, even though there are currently 56 percent more condominiums on the market countywide than there were a year earlier - 600 at last count, compared with 397 last December.

"Yes, inventory has increased because the market is slowing down in Westchester and elsewhere," he explained. "But we're still a very long way from using words like 'overhang' or 'glut' to describe the situation." Looking back, he said, there were 860 condos for sale at the end of 1996, and 1,100 condos in the early 1990's.

In addition, 2004 was a record year in terms of the number of condominiums sold, 1,438, and 2005 came close. As of Dec. 29, there had been 1,400 condo sales, Mr. Mercurio said.

Clearly, though, the real estate market - for stand-alone and multifamily homes and co-ops as well as condos - is slowing down, and the net result is that some speculators, especially condo speculators like Mrs. Gramolini and Mr. Durante, have been disappointed.

Greg Rand, a managing partner for Prudential Rand Realty, reported last week that his company has more than a dozen never-occupied units in Trump Tower in White Plains listed for sale. They range from a three-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath unit listed at $1.795 million, to a one-bedroom two-bath unit going for $789,000.

This high number of units on the market partly reflects the property's exceptional early performance, Mr. Rand explained. Sales were so rapid that the building almost sold out within a few months of the initial offering. In response to the unexpectedly robust demand, the tower's developers, Louis Cappelli and Donald J. Trump, raised prices several times in the ensuing months.

Mr. Rand said the rush to buy Trump condos was as feverish as a sale in a department store. When early buyers saw how much more later buyers were paying, a number of owners "turned around all at the same time and put the condos back on the market."

This has rapidly changed the dynamics at the Trump Tower. "Whenever you have a lot of people selling the same product at the same time, you have a buyer's, not a seller's, market," he said.

Mr. Cappelli estimated that about 25 percent of the condos in the project - an unusually high percentage - were bought by speculators who never intended to live in the units.

Now Mr. Cappelli has 200 more units in Renaissance Plaza, two 40-story-high towers in downtown White Plains, coming on the market in February at prices somewhat higher than those at Trump Tower. Mr. Cappelli conceded that the speculators selling condos at Trump Tower were "undercutting the new product a little."

Renaissance Plaza, a $400 million complex, includes hotel and office elements. In all, it has approximately 890,000 square feet and is diagonally opposite Trump Tower and City Center, a shopping and residential complex.

Real estate observers like Mr. Mercurio at the Board of Realtors described the current real estate market as "in the process of sorting itself out."

Henry Uman, a retired real estate lawyer in Larchmont who has witnessed market ups and downs over 40 years, said that speculators interested in flipping properties should always be prepared to weather the vicissitudes of the market.

"When the need arises," he said, "you have to have the wherewithal to stay with things over time."

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A rendering of Renaissance Plaza, two 40-story-high towers in White Plains, where 200 condos will come on the market in February. The $400 million complex will also have a hotel and offices.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

londonlawyer
January 9th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Those are nice buildings for the suburbs! White Plains is turning out to be a decent little city. (In fact, it's better than "cities" in other parts of the U.S. such as Columbus, OH, Orlando, etc.)

PS: Ginsburg Development Corp. is also planning a 35 story condo on the other side of the City Center.

Scruffy88
January 29th, 2006, 02:34 AM
The softening of the market isn't a good sign at all for White Plains. But its a far worse sign for New Rochelle 15 miles away that is trying to follow in White Plain's footsteps and has a few high profile highrise projects in development and construction. New Rochelle has never been able to compete with White Plains in allure and success so this is definetley a grave issue.

londonlawyer
May 19th, 2006, 06:14 AM
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/resources/v1_day_home.jpg

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ablarc
May 19th, 2006, 07:32 AM
Looks dull, featureless, lacking scale, built for drivers. Will White Plains become Stamford?

kz1000ps
May 19th, 2006, 02:43 PM
Yes, just at double the height (even more parking garages!!!!).

It already has enough suburban-style development that, although better than Columbus, OH, its character is already set and we know developers won't do anything to lessen it.

antinimby
May 19th, 2006, 02:50 PM
Will White Plain become Stamford?Well, not in terms of corporate business anyway. White Plains is in NYS and therefore has high taxes, the very exact reason why businesses set up right across the state border in Stamford CT, to avoid them.

investordude
July 24th, 2006, 12:43 AM
Or at least they asked the city council for permission and got it: http://www.whiteplainscnr.com/article4841.html

I was also wondering why its going to take until 2008 to do this. It looks to me like the first tower is well on its way to the top and the second tower is rising at a healthy clip. Seems like its not that far from completion to the naked eye.

investordude
July 24th, 2006, 12:44 AM
My last post somehow lost the first sentence. I meant to say "Looks like the Ritz Carlton will have a luxury pool, or at least they asked the city council for permission and got it." http://www.whiteplainscnr.com/article4841.html

londonlawyer
August 23rd, 2006, 01:20 AM
Listings of High-End Condos Proliferate

By ELSA BRENNER

Published: January 8, 2006

WHITE PLAINS

SOON after the luxury condominiums at Trump Tower went on the market early last year in this city's rapidly growing downtown, Mary Ellen Gramolini snapped up a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath unit for $570,000. "I got in on the ground floor," said Mrs. Gramolini, who then sat back and watched as the prices of units in Trump Tower soared.

Mrs. Gramolini's plan was to rent out her unit for several years and then, once her three children were grown and on their own, move in with her husband, Tom.

But she became worried that the market was becoming saturated and that she might have trouble renting her apartment, and she put her unit up for sale in the fall, asking $699,000.

She was not the only one who decided to speculate on the 212 condos in the newly built 35-story Trump Tower at City Center, where some units offer views of the New York City skyline.

John Durante, a real estate investor and law student at Pace University, purchased a two-bedroom penthouse condo with two and a half baths and a 500-square-foot terrace at the new Trump building for just over $1 million. Last fall, when the units in the residential tower were almost sold out, Mr. Durante put his condo on the market for $1.9 million. When it did not sell, he lowered the price to $1.79 million. It still has not sold.

Both Mrs. Gramolini and Mr. Durante tried to do what many speculators have done during the hot condo market of the past 18 months - buy at a low price and then flip their units six months or a year later. But as Mrs. Gramolini and Mr. Durante and others learned this fall, the upward momentum of the real estate market seems to have abated somewhat.

Mrs. Gramolini's condominium is in contract. She would not reveal the sale price, although she indicated it was below her asking price. "Because I got in at the ground floor, I'm not taking a loss," she said. "It just didn't work out as well as I had hoped."

Mr. Durante put two condos on the market: a penthouse he occupied in another section of downtown White Plains and his Trump condo. The occupied unit sold quickly. He said he would move into his unsold Trump condo.

"Not just in White Plains, but all over Westchester, the condo market has softened," Mr. Durante said. "It's especially true in White Plains," because another high-end residential project is nearing completion, "and people have a lot to chose from," he added.

Of 125 apartments on which buyers have already closed at Trump Tower at City Center, about one-third returned to the market shortly after their closings. Some people describe the surfeit of condos on the market in White Plains as a glut.

But P. Gilbert Mercurio, chief executive of the Westchester County Board of Realtors in White Plains, called that an overstatement, even though there are currently 56 percent more condominiums on the market countywide than there were a year earlier - 600 at last count, compared with 397 last December.

"Yes, inventory has increased because the market is slowing down in Westchester and elsewhere," he explained. "But we're still a very long way from using words like 'overhang' or 'glut' to describe the situation." Looking back, he said, there were 860 condos for sale at the end of 1996, and 1,100 condos in the early 1990's.

In addition, 2004 was a record year in terms of the number of condominiums sold, 1,438, and 2005 came close. As of Dec. 29, there had been 1,400 condo sales, Mr. Mercurio said.

Clearly, though, the real estate market - for stand-alone and multifamily homes and co-ops as well as condos - is slowing down, and the net result is that some speculators, especially condo speculators like Mrs. Gramolini and Mr. Durante, have been disappointed.

Greg Rand, a managing partner for Prudential Rand Realty, reported last week that his company has more than a dozen never-occupied units in Trump Tower in White Plains listed for sale. They range from a three-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath unit listed at $1.795 million, to a one-bedroom two-bath unit going for $789,000.

This high number of units on the market partly reflects the property's exceptional early performance, Mr. Rand explained. Sales were so rapid that the building almost sold out within a few months of the initial offering. In response to the unexpectedly robust demand, the tower's developers, Louis Cappelli and Donald J. Trump, raised prices several times in the ensuing months.

Mr. Rand said the rush to buy Trump condos was as feverish as a sale in a department store. When early buyers saw how much more later buyers were paying, a number of owners "turned around all at the same time and put the condos back on the market."

This has rapidly changed the dynamics at the Trump Tower. "Whenever you have a lot of people selling the same product at the same time, you have a buyer's, not a seller's, market," he said.

Mr. Cappelli estimated that about 25 percent of the condos in the project - an unusually high percentage - were bought by speculators who never intended to live in the units.

Now Mr. Cappelli has 200 more units in Renaissance Plaza, two 40-story-high towers in downtown White Plains, coming on the market in February at prices somewhat higher than those at Trump Tower. Mr. Cappelli conceded that the speculators selling condos at Trump Tower were "undercutting the new product a little."

Renaissance Plaza, a $400 million complex, includes hotel and office elements. In all, it has approximately 890,000 square feet and is diagonally opposite Trump Tower and City Center, a shopping and residential complex.

Real estate observers like Mr. Mercurio at the Board of Realtors described the current real estate market as "in the process of sorting itself out."

Henry Uman, a retired real estate lawyer in Larchmont who has witnessed market ups and downs over 40 years, said that speculators interested in flipping properties should always be prepared to weather the vicissitudes of the market.

"When the need arises," he said, "you have to have the wherewithal to stay with things over time."

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Michael Cairns/Wet Orange Studio Inc.
A rendering of Renaissance Plaza, two 40-story-high towers in White Plains, where 200 condos will come on the market in February. The $400 million complex will also have a hotel and offices.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

These buildings look really nice in person. White Plains is better than the typical US city (i.e., Columbus, OH, Louisville, etc.)

There are several empty buildings across the street from here adjacent to the fountain on Mamoraneck just east of Main St. Something will happen there too.

virtualchoirboy
August 23rd, 2006, 03:13 PM
They just opened a Wal Mart up there. I will try to get some pictures of the area for you guys who have never been.

Eugenious
August 23rd, 2006, 03:23 PM
These buildings look really nice in person. White Plains is better than the typical US city (i.e., Columbus, OH, Louisville, etc.)

There are several empty buildings across the street from here adjacent to the fountain on Mamoraneck just east of Main St. Something will happen there too.

That looks really nice. Everything else though is cookie cutter crap...especially the trump stuff....what he did to the upper west side is he should have been put in jail

investordude
September 8th, 2006, 02:31 AM
Looks like a 28 story building will go up. http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060901/NEWS02/609010366/1018/NEWS02

londonlawyer
September 8th, 2006, 11:10 PM
If you're driving up Main Street, there's also a group of empty, low-rise buildings just to the right of the fountain on Mamaroneck. They used to house junk shops. I hope that they are razed soon because they look like crap.

pianoman11686
October 7th, 2006, 06:17 PM
In the Region | Westchester

Where Condos Offer Room Service

By ELSA BRENNER

Published: October 8, 2006

WHITE PLAINS

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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS With two
40-story towers, the Residences at
the Ritz-Carlton Westchester in
White Plains will be Westchester
County’s tallest building.

IN the world of high-end condominiums these days, developers seeking buyers are being forced to scale ever-greater heights of ingenuity. A new project here by Louis R. Cappelli, for instance, could almost be mistaken for a Ritz-Carlton. In fact, it will even share a building with one.

Condo owners will have access to the hotel’s services, according to Mr. Cappelli, who describes the development as the first in Westchester to combine condominiums and hotel rooms.

The condos are expected to appeal to well-heeled retirees, empty-nesters selling large homes, or corporate executives in search of luxury. What the prospective buyers have in common, he said, is their desire for a prestigious address. He described the archetypal condo owner at the hotel as “a driver of a BMW with golf clubs in the trunk.”

“It’s all those people who belong to Westchester and Greenwich country clubs,” he said. “They’ll come home at night here and say, ‘I’m beat. I’m going to sleep in tomorrow and then have a massage.’ ”

While valet service and parking are standard, other hotel assistance, like room service and maid service, will be available to condo owners for an extra fee. “We’re selling a lifestyle,” Mr. Cappelli said.

According to Vivian Deuschl, a spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton, “It’s all about picking up the phone and getting what you want, even if it costs a premium.”

The project, which will have 213 condominiums and 120 hotel rooms, is to open in 2008 on Main Street here, in an area where tall buildings are sprouting on many street corners, filled with conveniences for shoppers and business travelers.

Diagonally across the street, at the junction of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue, the main thoroughfares, Mr. Cappelli has already built City Center at White Plains, a 1.1-million-square-foot mixed residential, retail and entertainment complex, which includes the 212-unit Trump residential tower and a luxury rental complex.

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester, as the new project is called, is part of the $400 million, 940,000-square-foot Renaissance Square complex.

The hotel-condominium structure, with two 40-story towers, will be the tallest building in Westchester County, according to Mr. Cappelli.

Designed by the architecture firm Costas Kondylis & Partners of New York City, the towers rise from a 10-level hotel podium. One tower holds the condominiums, and the top-floor units afford panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Long Island Sound and the Hudson Valley.

The other tower will start out as office space but may ultimately also have more condos or hotel rooms. Under current plans, there will be 181 condominiums for sale to individuals; the other 32 condos will be sold furnished for corporate use.

The Renaissance Square complex is also to include a 10,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, 10,000 square feet of meeting and special-event space and two restaurants, including one on the top floor.

In preparing the project, which was conceived about four years ago, Mr. Cappelli tried to maintain a great deal of flexibility. “As we know,” he said, “markets change quickly. And as we get closer to completion of a project, sometimes we have to be ready to switch.”

Although he had originally planned for 70,000 square feet of office space in the towers, he said, he has reduced that amount to 40,000 because residential space has a greater rate of return than commercial. Despite talk of a slowdown in the residential market, he insisted, demand for high-end condominiums remains relatively strong, in part because mortgage interest rates are still attractive by historical standards.

The sales office for the condos has just opened, but more than 60 percent of Mr. Cappelli’s inquiries so far have come from Westchester homeowners who no longer want to maintain single-family homes, the developer said. Another 15 percent are renters — like tenants at the 311-unit One City Place in City Center, the luxury rental section of Mr. Cappelli’s earlier project — who now want to become owners.

Still other buyers, he said, are coming up from Manhattan, where comparable projects are selling for far more. Mr. Cappelli estimated the costs per foot for the Ritz-Carlton project at $800 to $900, compared with an average price per square foot in Manhattan in excess of $1,000.

The new condos, offering one, two or three bedrooms, are priced at $678,000 to $3.5 million. But the developer believes there is no shortage of people who can afford such prices. “There’s no one walking out and saying this is too expensive,” Mr. Cappelli said.

By comparison, in Manhattan, at the Time Warner Center, condos start at $1.5 million and have sold for more than $30 million.

One new buyer of a condo at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, William Kenny, a homeowner in Pelham, said he had just made a 10 percent deposit on a two-bedroom unit on the 17th floor since both of his children are no longer living at home full-time. “Once the kids are out of school,” he said, “you start to think about whether there’s another way of living in Westchester.”

Mr. Kenny, an executive protection specialist for a large corporation, and his wife, Lorena, a homemaker, said they were drawn to the soaking tub in the main bath and the large kitchen, “which is not so typical in apartments.”

“I come from a blue-collar background,” he explained, “but I bought into Pelham years ago at the right time, so I can afford this.”

He had originally looked at another Cappelli project, Trump Plaza, which is under construction in New Rochelle, where condos currently range from the low $500,000’s to as high as $1.7 million.

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton condos will cater to people seeking to be indulged, according to Ms. Deuschl, the spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton. She said, “They’re for everyone who says: ‘I never want to leave this hotel. I want to live here.’ ”

During the week, the hotel will serve business executives; on weekends it expects to book weddings and bar mitzvahs. “It will be the social center of Westchester,” she said. “You know, there’s a lot of cachet in saying, ‘I had my daughter’s wedding at the Ritz-Carlton.’ ”

In all, Ritz-Carlton, which is based in Chevy Chase, Md., operates more than 60 hotels, and more than 20 projects are under development, with hotel openings planned for Moscow, Ireland and Beijing, company executives said. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, in a 60-story skyscraper, will be the company’s tallest.

Mr. Cappelli, who also talked with St. Regis Hotels and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, said he had chosen the Ritz-Carlton because of its image. “The name has a broad appeal and is more likely to attract 30-something residents as well as empty-nesters,” he said.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

investordude
November 13th, 2006, 05:48 PM
According to this article, the Capelli development is still experiencing strong sales despite a slowdown in Westchester: http://www.globest.com/news/781_781/westchester/150582-1.html

investordude
October 22nd, 2007, 11:14 PM
Looks like the city is trying to advance with building a transit oriented business center by the White Plains rail station.

http://www.globest.com/news/1018_1018/westchester/165310-1.html

investordude
November 20th, 2007, 07:24 PM
White Plains continues to take off.

It looks like they are accepting reservations on the web for late December of this year, so I think they must be almost open. No photos of the hotel facilities on the website though. More interestingly, I'm not sure I see a restaurant on the premises. Seems like half the bonus of getting these kind of hotels in your suburb should be the Ritz Carlton restaurant - which I assume will step things up a notch for Westchester dining.

investordude
November 20th, 2007, 10:32 PM
http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071114/NEWS02/711140366/1018

Derek2k3
May 18th, 2010, 08:53 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4618838808_d053b1f834_o.jpg
alexselimaj (http://www.flickr.com/photos/selimaj/4618838808/sizes/o/in/pool-35034350743@N01/)

Nexis4Jersey
May 19th, 2010, 09:23 AM
I haven't been to wait White Plains since Feb 09 and actually in Downtown WP since Nov 08. For some reason that city is cursed , i always end up having problems there.

Nexis4Jersey
January 7th, 2011, 02:24 PM
I went to White Plains back in November , and i saw alot of progress and areas for improvement. Does the City plan to fill up all those open parking lots with Developments? They really need to put something near the train station.....your greeted by giant parking lots....and they need to make crossing the street safer...

ASchwarz
January 7th, 2011, 03:00 PM
^
Yes, White Plains has plans for mixed-use highrises on those parking lots near the train station. Both the mayor and city council want to get these sites developed. The problem, of course, is the current economy.

There are even long-term plans to demolish the train station, and to build a "Grand Central" of Westchester-type development. They want to build a much bigger facility, and integrate it with a mixed-use development.

Metro North wants to sell the land to make money (they own lots of surrounding land too), and the city wants to integrate a new station with shops, offices, etc.

stache
January 7th, 2011, 08:23 PM
That's a great idea.

Nexis4Jersey
July 1st, 2011, 09:52 AM
Some shots of WP i took yesterday , a few projects were underway...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5272/5890815590_3625b9735f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890815590/)
DSC05314 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890815590/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5890815724_73fa8e44cc_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890815724/)
DSC05315 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890815724/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5200/5890248121_82a06c2a39_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890248121/)
DSC05316 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890248121/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

Some skyline shots from East WP..

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5152/5890802952_433779e135_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890802952/)
East White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890802952/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5032/5890235325_9f52b67f20_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890235325/)
East White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890235325/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5027/5890235783_136350c729_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890235783/)
East White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890235783/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

lofter1
July 1st, 2011, 10:20 AM
It's past time for White Plains to put all those lines & wires underground.

Nexis4Jersey
July 1st, 2011, 10:23 AM
It's past time for White Plains to put all those lines & wires underground.

I just noticed that , outside the core they were on every street.... But your right , its time for them to go underground , but many cities like Stamford , Yonkers and Jersey City still have them above ground outside the CBD.

Nexis4Jersey
October 2nd, 2011, 11:28 PM
Some more White Plains shots from Friday...

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6026/6200249240_e3a87d4284_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6200249240/)
Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6200249240/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/6200249024_f00ed913ff_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6200249024/)
Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6200249024/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6163/6199736575_07f1a250a2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6199736575/)
Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6199736575/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6199711161_91a4865310_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6199711161/)
DSCN3678 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6199711161/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6156/6199712389_58fb591976_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6199712389/)
DSCN3688 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6199712389/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

Nexis4Jersey
September 23rd, 2014, 01:59 AM
Some Early Evening shots of White Plains

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/14919272501_3169647570_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oJnaWe)Early Evening in Downtown White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/oJnaWe) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5585/14922001822_ba87d68c01_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oJBagu)Church Street - White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/oJBagu) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3847/14735769437_9be4682340_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/os9ESi)Church Street - White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/os9ESi) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3863/14922345245_e4c0233d0d_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oJCVmz)Church Street - White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/oJCVmz) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3843/14735723408_343ccd8dfc_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/os9rbG)Parkview Court - White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/os9rbG) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3865/14735678329_40cdb7148a_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/os9cMt)Park Ave - White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/os9cMt) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3906/14735725328_deeea6899a_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/os9rKN)White Plains Skyline viewed from Church Street (https://flic.kr/p/os9rKN) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/14735762607_02cfd74b46_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/os9CQx)Early Evening in Downtown White Plains,New York (https://flic.kr/p/os9CQx) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

Nexis4Jersey
April 24th, 2015, 11:42 PM
White Plains to get 2 new apartment buildings

Bill Cary, wcary@lohud.com 3:17 p.m. EST January 15, 2015

The Bank Street project includes 561 apartments, along with retail space and a parking garage.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/16418857901_461675a871.jpg

WHITE PLAINS The redevelopment of land surrounding the downtown transit hub took a big step forward Thursday with the announcement of a new project at 55 Bank St. that will include two 16-story apartment buildings.
It's good news for people looking for walk-to-train market-rate rental apartments. The site, currently a commuter parking lot, is just south of the train station.


http://www.lohud.com/story/news/2015/01/15/new-white-plains-apartments/21817223/

Nexis4Jersey
September 18th, 2015, 12:35 AM
Taken Yesterday from Valhalla,NY

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/682/21312538578_7dfc2cbf95_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ytjkcG)
White Plains Skyline viewed from Valhalla,NY (https://flic.kr/p/ytjkcG) by Corey Best (https://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/), on Flickr