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Hudson Valley Region, December 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

December 2017

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
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Dollar General
recently opened a new store at 1035 Route 209 in Cuddebackville. The retailer has expanded from about 3,000 stores in the early 2000s to about 14,000 stores. No job numbers were announced.

Pro Image Sports, a national sports apparel and paraphernalia store, recently opened its latest franchise location at the Galleria at Crystal Run. Pro Image Sports specializes in licensed team apparel, hats and novelty items. The company has 133 franchise stores across the U.S. No job number were announced.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Resorts World Catskills
, the $1.2 billion casino and resort in Sullivan County continues to recruit for several hundred openings as the opening date is fast approaching. The entertainment venue is scheduled to open on February 8, 2018. The NYS Department of Labor is partnering with Resort World Catskills to help fill between 500 and 700 jobs at the casino. Job fairs will be held in the Town of Wallkill on January 17 and January 24, both Wednesdays, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. The job fair on January 17th will be held at the Holiday Inn, 68 Crystal Run Road and the fair on the 24th will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott at 24 Crystal Run Crossing. On-site interviews will be held to fill a variety of openings including housekeeping room attendant, cooks, servers, cocktail servers, bartenders, stewards, cage cashiers, and security personnel.

Ulster County
Health Quest Medical Practice
is building an $8 million medical health care center in the Town of Lloyd. The 15,000sq. ft. medical facility is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. It will house providers who offer primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology, and neurology. No job numbers were announced.

Westchester County
CSArch
, an Albany-based architecture and engineering firm has expanded into Westchester County. CSArch will open a new office in the White Plains Central Business District area. The firm’s new 4,100sq. ft. office in White Plains will employ about 8 people, with plans to hire a senior project architect and design architect.

G&S Investors, the Long Island real estate developer that built the Waterfront at Port Chester, has filed site plans for an apartment building in downtown Port Chester. The plans call for a 5-story, 66,000 sq. ft., mixed-use apartment complex with 79 units, primarily studios and one-bedrooms. The first floor would have about 12,000 sq. ft. of retail space with the upper four floors set for apartments. The project is designed by the Sullivan Architectural Group of Fairfield. The village board voted to refer the G&S site plan for review to the Village’s planning and waterfront commissions, along with several state and county boards. If approved, it is estimated that construction would take about 18 months.

The Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency recently approved the tax abatement plan for the first phase of The Pointe urban renewal project in Mount Vernon. MVP Realty Associates, the developer behind the project has been studying the area since 2009 and buying up properties since 2010. MVP Realty wants to create a streetscape that invokes a sense of a “new Main Street” and modern buildings that provide affordable housing. The project site is less than a mile from Metro North Railroad’s Mount Vernon East train station. Plans for $138 million affordable housing project call for four buildings of seven to 12 floors, consisting of 350 apartments, 46,068sq. ft. of retail spaces and offices, 585 parking spaces and a public garden. It is estimated that the first building will cost about $53.4 million and it will have 210 apartments, 23,178sq. ft. of ground-floor retail space and underground parking. The building complex will be a mix of studios and one to three-bedroom apartments. One fourth of the apartments will be set aside for seniors. Rents are expected to range from $930 a month to $2,521. The project is expected to create 300 temporary construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs.

24 Hour Fitness recently opened a new fitness club in Scarsdale. The new 30,000sq. ft. club features amenities such as cycle studios, Zumba and BodyPump classes, personal and small group training programs, rows of cardio and strength machines, an indoor lap pool, and a whirlpool and sauna. The new location is the company’s 18th fitness club in New York State. 24 Hour Fitness has more than 420 locations nationwide, including clubs in Nanuet and Yonkers. No job numbers were announced.

Wegmans recently closed on a deal to buy three office buildings in the Town of Harrison, bringing the grocer’s plans to open a supermarket in Westchester County one step closer to reality. Wegmans took over a 20-acre plot of land that houses three mostly vacant office buildings at 106, 108 and 110 Corporate Park Drive. The buildings will be knocked down to make way for a 125,000sq. ft. grocery store. Wegmans first proposed the new store plans in December 2016 when the company announced that it had signed a purchase agreement with Normandy Real Estate Partners LLC., the owner of the buildings. The Town of Harrison approved a special use exemption permit for the project in August 2017. Wegmans’ plan for the store also includes a café area and 736 parking spaces on the site off Westchester Avenue. The grocer also plans to build an additional 8,000sq. ft. standalone retail building for an undetermined use. The company is expected to start site work on the property in late spring 2018. It is estimated that new store would hire between 400 and 500 employees, including 180 full-time positions.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Golden Krust’s
plans to build its world headquarters in Rockland County remains unclear following the death of it founder and CEO, Lowell Hawthorne. The company purchased a nearly 18-acre parcel on Route 303 in Blauvelt for $3.1 million on April 4, 2016. The plans for the site calls for a $37.2 million facility that would consolidate the company’s manufacturing, distribution and corporate operations. The new facility would have a workforce of 190 employees, 83 of whom would be filling new manufacturing jobs in Rockland County. No application has been made to the Orangetown planning board for site plan review of the property. Golden Krust never sought to cash in on a host of tax incentives it was approved for from the Rockland Industrial Development Corporation.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Blue Ridge Capital, L.L.C.
, a real estate investment company filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on December 28, 2017 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will close its office at 120 White Plains Road in Tarrytown and lay off 38 employees. The layoffs will occur on March 31, 2018. Blue Ridge Capital will also close its NYC office on Madison Avenue, and lay off 15 employees.

The Westchester Diner, a longtime eatery in the city of Peekskill is set to close after its lease was not renewed. The family-owned restaurant on Albany Post Road was a staple in the community for decades. The family that owns the restaurant said although the restaurant will be closing, the site may continue to be a restaurant under a different ownership.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

The Putnam Hospital Center nurses recently joined the New York State Nurses Association in the wake of the union’s recent contract deals across the Lower Hudson Valley. About 266 nurses at the Carmel-based hospital voted to join the union during a recent ballot run by the National Labor Relations Board. Putnam Hospital Center is part of the Health Quest network of hospitals, which includes Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut.

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