Simone Development Companies has been designated by the City of Yonkers as the re-developer of the former Boyce Thompson Institute property into a new mixed-used complex.
A long-derelict collection of fields, greenhouses, and laboratories, the Institute was opened in 1924 by American mining magnet William Boyce Thompson. Its purpose was to improve society through the study of plants.
Simone has planned a $35 million redevelopment that will transform the building into offices for business and medical use on the upper floor with the front and rear grade levels housing medical offices, retail stores, banking and two restaurants.
The Boyce Thompson building will be restored to its original character and an addition attached at the south end to resemble the existing structure. A glass “greenhouse” connecting the new building with the existing building will house an information gallery honoring the Boyce Thompson legacy.
As a nod to the property’s historic greenhouses, a two-level freestanding glass and aluminum building will be constructed at the corner of Executive Drive and Executive Plaza for either office, medical and/or retail use. The plan includes a public space with a clock or fountain.
The existing 52,000 s/f building will be increased to 70,000 s/f with the free-standing building totaling 15,000 s/f. The parking areas will be paved, landscaped and illuminated using state-of-the-art materials selected to complement the architecture.
“Our development plan restores the Boyce Thompson Institute property, acknowledging its illustrious past and embracing its exciting future. Taking cues from the heavy masonry of the main structure and the light open feel of the original glass greenhouses, our design will blend these elements together in a unique manner while still maintaining the character of the existing building,” said Joseph Simone, president of Simone Development Companies.
“We are very excited by the changing business character in Yonkers with emerging technology and biotech companies bringing new ideas and people to the City. It is our desire to make the Boyce Thompson Center a place which attracts a diversity of new and traditional businesses working together to further economic growth in the City.”
Simone noted that the site’s close proximity to St. John’s Riverside Hospital on North Broadway makes the Boyce Thompson Center a good location for physician practices and ambulatory services.
“We are so pleased that Joe Simone and Simone Development are bringing their talents, and their investment dollars, to Yonkers,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “The redevelopment of the historic Boyce Thompson building, which has long stood as an eyesore in the heart of Yonkers’ corporate center, will bring new jobs and revenues to our city and help solidify Yonkers place as Westchester’s retail and business destination.”
Following a planning period for design and approvals from the City, construction is expected to require 20 months, including renovation of the existing structure, the addition to the Boyce Thompson building and the new glass building.
Simone Development manages more than 100 properties comprising over 5 million square feet, many of which are located in the Yonkers area.The company recently purchased 1034 North Broadway, a two-story building containing 11 retail and business tenants.