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Hudson Valley Region, December 2016

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

December 2016

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Research and Statistics
120 Bloomingdale Road, Room 218
White Plains, NY 10605
914-997-8798

This briefing provides information on firm-specific hiring and layoff announcements in the Hudson Valley. The information in this report is derived from press releases, newspapers, business journals, newsletters and other public sources. It does not include all expansions and contractions in the region – only those for which public information has been obtained. An attempt is made to present only current information – events that have recently occurred or will occur in the near future.

BUSINESS EXPANSIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Shaner Hotel Group,
in partnership with Connecticut-based developer Bellefield Development Partners, will build a 140-suite boutique hotel at Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park. The hotel, the first of two planned for the 339-acre site in Dutchess County, across from Culinary Institute of America campus, is part of a $23 million redevelopment project to turn the area into a major tourist destination. In addition to the two hotels planned for the site, construction will also include a conference center, a 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant, a 15,000 sq. ft. spa and 48,000 sq. ft. of retail space for culinary-based businesses on the ground floor of a 40-unit, market-rate apartment complex. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Charter Communications
, the company that purchased Time-Warner Cable and has branded its service as Spectrum, announced plans to hire over 65 employees at its call center in the Town of Wallkill. The company is looking to hire 52 customer service representatives and 15 technical support people.

Home2 Suites by Hilton, a 95-room extended stay facility on Route 211 in the Town of Wallkill recently opened for business. The hotel is owned and operated by Chet Patel and Jake Kerney. No job numbers were announced.

A New Jersey developer has proposed building about 1,500 homes and 250,000 sq. ft. of commercial space beside the Harriman Metro-North station. Developer Neil Gold of Teaneck, N.J. recently applied to the Woodbury Planning Board for conceptual approval for the project. The development, dubbed “The Gardens at Harriman Station” is to be built on a 112-acre land strip between Route 17 and the Thruway, just south of Thruway Interchange 16 and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. It is estimated that the project will cost $443 million and create about 1,300 construction jobs over two years. Housing would consist mostly of apartments and town houses, with some single-family homes. The commercial space could include a 200-room hotel, a movie theater, restaurants and a supermarket.

Putnam County
Heidenberg Properties Group
, a NJ-based developer, was recently granted site plan approval by the Town of Carmel, for the renovation and expansion of the Lake Plaza Shopping Center. The new development will include the construction of a 54,000 sq. ft. Stop & Shop. In addition, the project will also include renovating the shopping center’s façade, repaving the parking area and upgrading the site’s lighting. The new Mahopac Stop & Shop will serve as a prototype for the grocery chain’s future stores, and will feature an expanded footprint with a new layout. The developer anticipates starting construction in the spring, with new and expanded tenants opening either in late spring or summer, 2017.

Rockland County
Nyack Hospital
recently broke ground on a $22 million expansion. The plans call for a two-story addition that will add 16,300 sq. ft. of space to the existing hospital. The project will expand the emergency department on the ground floor, doubling its size, and create a medical village on the first floor. The ER will have a separate urgent care facility, larger trauma bays, an imaging suite and a rapid assessment area. The medical village will house a 7,800 sq. ft. outpatient service center that will include primary and specialty care providers, as well as community based support services. The state contributed about $17.7 million to fund the project, with the balance through fundraising. The project, being hailed as the largest upgrade in the hospital’s 121-year history, is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Retro Fitness, a national gym franchise business, has leased 11,660 sq. ft. of space at the Pacesetter Shopping Center on Route 202 in Pomona. The company has more than 150 locations in 16 states, with facilities in Cortlandt Manor, New Rochelle and Yonkers in Westchester County, and in New City, Pearl River and Tappan in Rockland County. No job numbers were announced.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Harbor Freight Tools
, a California-based discount tools retailer, plans to open its first Westchester store. The company which operates more than 700 stores nationwide, has signed a 10-year lease for a 15,000 sq. ft. retail store that will be built on a razed site on Tarrytown Road in White Plains. No job numbers were announced.

The Z Hospitality Group recently opened a 6,000 sq. ft. restaurant in downtown White Plains. Dubbed “Mediterraneo of White Plains,” the new restaurant is located at 189 Main Street, an architecturally unique building developed by Cappelli Enterprises. The Z Hospitality Group owns and operates several restaurants in Fairfield County, CT., and Westchester County. No job numbers were announced.

Wegmans Food Market, a Rochester-based grocery chain operator plans to build a 125,000 sq. ft., two story grocery store in Harrison. The new $30 million store will also feature a café and 736 parking spaces. Wegmans typically hires about 400 to 500 employees with each store opening, including 180 full-time positions, as well as full-time salaried positions such as store managers, department managers and pharmacists. It is estimated that construction of the new store will create about 200 temporary construction jobs.

Real Estate development firm RXR Realty recently began construction on a $120 million, mixed-use residential/commercial tower in New Rochelle. The plans call for 280 apartments, 28 of which will be designated for affordable housing, 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment space including a “black box” theater, 17,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and a 234-space parking garage. The development will serve as the cornerstone to the city’s $4 billion, 10-year plan to add 12 million sq. ft. of space for new apartments, commercial/office and arts and cultural institutions.

RXR Realty and Rising Development recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the $190 million Larkin Plaza project in the city of Yonkers. The mixed-use development will feature 439 apartments, together with 35,000 sq. ft. of space for shops, restaurants and other retailers. No job numbers were available.

The Armory Foundation, a New York City-based nonprofit, plans to build a $25 million sports and event complex atop the Kawasaki Rail Car factory building in downtown Yonkers. The three-story Yonkers Sports and Event Center would include a 200-meter track along with 3,000 seats for meets and a 400-car parking lot. The plan also includes basketball courts, fitness studios, classrooms and swing space to host meetings and conventions. The Armory is also considering plans for restaurants and additional event space. The project is expected to create 230 temporary construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs when the center is in operation.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
General Electric Company Flight Operations
filed a WARN notice on December 2, 2016 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will lay off eight of its 40 employees on March 3, 2017.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on December 27, 2016 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will close its store at the Galleria Mall in Middletown and lay off 96 employees, including 88 from the retail department and the remaining eight from the Sears Auto Center. The layoffs will occur during the 14-day period beginning April 9, 2017. In all, the struggling retailer will close four stores in New York, including two in Erie County and one in Queens.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Sweetpea’s Market
, an active health food store in the community for several years, recently announced plans to close its doors on February 28, 2017. No job numbers were announced.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Executive Jet Management
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on December 6, 2016 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company, a repair station and servicer of private aircrafts, will close its operation at the Westchester County Airport by March, 2017 and lay off 37 employees.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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