Westchester & Fairfield Cheat Sheet: Armonk estate to be auctioned online in bid to draw Chinese buyers … & more

By Maya Rajamani | June 27, 2018 04:50PM

Clockwise from top left: Armonk estate hits online auction block (credit: AllAboutArmonk), White Plains Mall vote to take place next week, developers break ground on Bridgeport charter school, and Yonkers housing complex to get upgrades and new name (credit: Anthony22).

Armonk estate hits online auction block in bid to draw Chinese buyers
Real estate auction company Concierge Auctions is selling an estate in Armonk through an online auction in an effort to bring Chinese buyers to the table. Bidding on the approximately 9,000-square-foot home at 3 Tallwoods Road kicked off on Tuesday and will close on Friday, LoHud reported. The estate hit the market for $4.6 million last year, but is currently asking $2.9 million. Concierge Auctions’ director of business development Paulina Kimbel said the company isn’t just targeting Chinese buyers. “But we’ve expanded to reach out to Chinese audience as well because for the last 10 years, we’ve seen an organic uptick in Chinese interests,” she explained. [LoHud]

Westfield plotting to build 290 apartments on its Trumbull mall property
The Westfield could soon build nearly 300 apartments on its mall property on Main Street, the Fairfield County Business Journal reported. The developer has submitted a plan to build 290 apartments to Trumbull’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “By broadening development opportunities available to Westfield, the property can far exceed its current economic contribution to Trumbull, while also bringing new, exciting offerings to the town,” the mall said in a statement. The commission will review the proposal at a public hearing on July 19. [FBJ]

The rezoning vote for White Plains Mall redevelopment set for next week
The White Plains Common Council will vote on a zoning change needed to redevelop the White Plains Mall next week, LoHud reported. If the council approves the change, the 1970s-built mall will ultimately be razed, making way for a mixed-use project containing apartments, a food hall, retail and restaurant space, co-working space and green space, in addition to parking, according to the outlet. The mall project could be the first of several projects in White Plains’ newly-created “transit development zone.” [LoHud]

Yonkers housing complex to get new name and $177 million in upgrades
A public housing complex in Yonkers is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, LoHud reported. Residents at the William A. Schlobohm Houses on Schroeder Street will soon have new windows, kitchens, and walls, updated elevators, more security cameras and brighter hallways, among other upgrades. Construction is expected to cost around $177 million. The Municipal Housing Authority for the city of Yonkers plans to rename the complex when work is done, and is currently soliciting ideas from residents. [LoHud]

Developers break ground on Bridgeport charter school building
A charter school that has been operating out of the former Singer Sewing Machine Factory on Barnum Avenue for the past four years will move into a new, 70,000-square-foot building on Howard Avenue next year. Officials broke ground on the three-story building slated to house Great Oaks Charter School of Bridgeport this past week, the Connecticut Post reported. The school will open in its new space in the fall of 2019. The project was delayed by state budget issues, but the managing partner of the firm overseeing construction said he “expect[s] smooth sailing now for the school.” [CTPost]