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Westchester's Ridge Hill

Ridge Hill
Westchester's Ridge Hill logo.png
LocationYonkers, New York, USA 10710
Coordinates40°57′49″N 73°51′22″W / 40.96361°N 73.85611°W / 40.96361; -73.85611
Address1 Ridge Hill Boulevard
Opening dateOctober 20, 2011
DeveloperForest City Enterprises
ManagementQIC Global Real Estate
OwnerQueensland Investment Corporation
No. of stores and services50
No. of anchor tenants6
Total retail floor area1,300,000 square feet (120,000 m2)
No. of floors2
Parking4,700 spaces (5 parking garages, 1 outdoor lot, and valet service)
WebsiteOfficial Site

Westchester's Ridge Hill is a mixed-use lifestyle center located between Interstate 87 and the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers, New York. With the grand opening in 2011, Westchester's Ridge Hill features a variety of retail stores, restaurants, condominiums, and offices. It was developed by Forest City Ratner Companies, Forest City's New York subsidiary. The center was built on an 84-acre parcel of land purchased from the City of Yonkers.[1] Forest City later sold its mall business to Queensland Investment Corporation.

History

Plans were originally started in 2000 by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, which sought to develop a site to stimulate job growth. Prior to any development, the land was occupied by a sanitarium, hospital, church, and rehab center. After later granting a lease to Lockheed Martin, and when the lack of jobs continued, the lease was terminated by purchasing the remainder of the contract. The City of Yonkers began taking bids from developers, and Ridge Hill won the contract.[1] The original tenants announced included Whole Foods Market and L.L.Bean.[2] Saks Fifth Avenue also showed an interest in adding a location in Yonkers.[3]

In early 2007, the land was cleared to make way for Ridge Hill's construction. Construction formally broke ground on November 8, 2007, with an original projected completion date in 2009.[2] However, in late 2009, Forest City stated that due to the economic recession, the anticipated completion would be pushed back until 2011.[4]

On November 18, 2010, it was announced that six additional companies would be joining the list of tenants: Dick's Sporting Goods, Brio Tuscan Grille, and REI.[5] Later, on December 3, it was announced that Lord & Taylor would anchor Westchester's Ridge Hill with an 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) location. It was the first Lord & Taylor to be built since 2001.[6] That same year, Saks Fifth Avenue stated that they would not add a location at Ridge Hill.[7]

On March 26, 2013, a new $12 million, 32,300 square feet (3,000 m2) Legoland Discovery Center was opened. It was the first Legoland in the Northeast and fifth in the country.[8]

On November 19, 2014, it was announced that eight stores would be arriving at Ridge Hill including Starbucks and The Container Store.[9]

Anchors

The fountains near the cinema.
Playground designed by Tom Otterness.

Anchors include:[10]

References

  1. ^ a b Sheftell, Jason. "City on the Hill: "New Urbanism" in Yonkers". NY Daily News. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Forest City Ratner Companies Breaks Ground on Ridge Hill in Yonkers". BusinessWire. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  3. ^ Aris, Hezi. "Saks Fifth Avenue to Anchor Ridge Hill". Yonkers Tribune. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ Brenner, Elsa. "Coming Soon: A Town Within a City". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Forest City Announces Six Additional Major Tenants For Westchester's Ridge Hill". Forest City Enterprises. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ "New Lord & Taylor Store To Anchor Westchester's Ridge Hill". PR Newswire. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  7. ^ Morris, Keiko. "Shopping Center Coveting Leases in Yonkers". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Legoland Opens At Ridge Hill Mall In Yonkers". CBS New York. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  9. ^ Garcia, Ernie. "Westchester's Ridge Hill announces 8 new stores". Lohud. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Properties". Forest City. Retrieved 24 December 2014.

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