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    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.

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    In the Region | Westchester

    Where Condos Offer Room Service

    By ELSA BRENNER

    Published: October 8, 2006

    WHITE PLAINS


    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

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    According to this article, the Capelli development is still experiencing strong sales despite a slowdown in Westchester: http://www.globest.com/news/781_781/.../150582-1.html

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    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_101.../165310-1.html

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    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.

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    That's a great idea.

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    Some shots of WP i took yesterday , a few projects were underway...


    DSC05314 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSC05315 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSC05316 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    Some skyline shots from East WP..


    East White Plains by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    East White Plains by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    East White Plains by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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    It's past time for White Plains to put all those lines & wires underground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    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.

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    Some more White Plains shots from Friday...


    Downtown White Plains by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    Downtown White Plains by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    Downtown White Plains by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3678 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3688 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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