• WCA Applauds Transformation of Yonkers Jail to into Arts Space

  • DECEMBER 16, 2013 | COUNTY GOV'T, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, REAL ESTATE

  • Recent Deals Illustrates Westchester’s Growth as a Great Place to Work. Live. Play.

  • Renowned art dealer Daniel Wolf, husband of award-winning artist/architect, Maya Lin, who gained fame as the young designer of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., now is officially the owner of the former Yonkers City Jail. According to local newspaper accounts, the Yonkers City Council approved the deal this week, opening the door to more economic development in the city. The couple plans to transform the space into an art museum, along with studio spaces, offices and a gallery. It is located close to the city’s picturesque waterfront...


    “The WCA applauds the deal, which breathes new life into Yonkers’ waterfront, and shows how Westchester is a place where art and culture thrive—helping to make the county an outstanding place to Work. Live. Play.,” said Marissa Brett, executive director of the Blueprint for Westchester, the WCA’s aggressive economic development initiative, driven by the private sector.

    The 10,800 square foot building, purchased for $1 million, could also house offices, restaurants, a microbrewery, retail shops, and cafés, according to a report in the Westchester Business Journal.

    “This is a significant deal that will help move Westchester along in its transformation into a stronger, more active county,” said Brett. “The arts benefit our community—and when they drive patronage and inspire further development, as this deal will, they benefit business, too.”

    It’s the latest feather in the City of Yonkers’ cap: Last month, Mindspark, a digital app company, announced the relocation of its headquarters to iPark, a 24-acre technology office park on the Yonkers waterfront that is also home to ContraFect Biotech, Kawasaki Rail Car and Y-Enterprise. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said these recent deals establish downtown Yonkers as “a regional capital for creativity and innovation.” Brett agrees. 

    “What’s good for Yonkers is good for Westchester,” Brett said. “There are a growing number of creative companies, as well as biotech and entrepreneurial enterprises, making their home here, showcasing the county as an emerging center of innovation. This is a win-win for the Blueprint.”

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