Welcome to Port Chester!
Port Chester is a village in Westchester County, New York. The village is part of the town of Rye. As of the 2010 census, Port Chester had a population of 28,967.
Port Chester is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter,
Port Chester’s downtown Restaurant Row is renowned throughout the region, offering cuisine from around the world in dozens of top-rated establishments. “The Waterfront at Port Chester” retail center has brought a multiplex movie theater to the Byram River shore, Costco Shoppers Warehouse, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Super Stop & Shop, Marshall’s and several other stores. Port Chester’s prodigious industrial growth during the first half of the 20th Century attracted large numbers of European immigrants, primarily from Italy, Germany, Poland and Ireland. Similarly, newcomers from Central and South America and the Caribbean have helped to fuel the village’s recent revival. Latino-owned stores and restaurants have helped bring customers of all ethnic groups back to Main Street and Westchester Avenue.
Simone Healthcare Development and Montefiore Break Ground for State-of-the-Art Pediatric Specialty Care Center in Harrison
HARRISON, NY (September 18, 2019) – Executives of Simone Development Companies and Montefiore Health System today joined with officials from the Town of Harrison and Westchester County to break ground on a development that will change the way pediatric specialty care is delivered throughout Westchester County.
Simone Healthcare Development, an affiliate of Simone Development Companies, is renovating a now vacant four-story office building at 104 Corporate Park Drive in Harrison into a 115,000-square-foot facility that will be leased to Montefiore.
“This is a very exciting day for Simone Healthcare Development as we begin our work to transform this building into a pediatric specialty care center for Montefiore Health System. Over the past few years healthcare has become a prominent feature in the Westchester Avenue corridor. We are proud to have Montefiore’s expertise in pediatric care in our building,” said Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development Companies.
“The pediatric specialty care center will be a first of its kind in the region, offering comprehensive ambulatory pediatric specialty care in one state-of the art building. When a child needs treatment for a medical problem, that child will be seen by a team of world class specialists without having to travel long distances from doctor to doctor, and appointment to appointment,” said Steven M. Safyer, MD CEO Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “When up and running, it will provide a comfort zone for children and families in the entire region. We are proud again to be partnering with Simone Healthcare Development on this forward thinking program.”
Just this year, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) again ranked in the U.S. News and World Report List of Best Children’s Hospitals in the United States. CHAM’s Gastroenterology & GI Surgery team earned the #1 spot in the New York Region, with other specialties such as orthopedics, neurology and urology also coming in among the top 50 in the nation.
“As the new Chair of Pediatrics for Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, I am joining this health system at a historic moment” said Michael D. Cabana MD, M.P.H. “We are transforming the way healthcare is delivered to kids in Westchester. Through this first-class center, we will connect them to the finest pediatric care available across the region.”
Some of the planned specialties to be offered in the new facility include: maternal fetal medicine, sports medicine, infusions, psychological services, a comprehensive imaging suite and laboratory services. There will also be pediatric urgent care, operated by Westmed Medical Group, a multispecialty outpatient group based in Westchester.
The renovated building will incorporate various green building technologies such as LED lighting, high efficiency HVAC, and high solar reflective index roofing material.
Parking will be provided in a new 200-space garage connected to the building. Construction is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2020.
“Montefiore’s pediatric specialty care center will be a welcome addition to our thriving medical community. With the repurposing of the I-287 corridor, I am thrilled that Simone Healthcare Development seized the opportunity to create a vibrant and much-needed unique model of children’s services. Montefiore has a strong history of leadership in the field of pediatrics, with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore being among the best in the region and the Town/Village of Harrison looks forward to working with the team as the project moves ahead,” said Harrison Town Supervisor/Mayor Ron Belmont.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “The redevelopment of 104 Corporate Park Drive is just one piece of the major transformation that is fully under way along the County’s I-287 corridor. The state-of-the-art medical pavilion will provide a critical service to children during a time of need, taking the place of an office building that wasn’t being used. Not only are we doing good by the services and jobs that will be created, we are doing good by the children this center will serve.”
The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) supports the project and anticipates it will create approximately 100 construction jobs and 250 permanent healthcare related jobs.
Perkins Eastman is the architect for the project.
The redevelopment of 104 Corporate Park Drive continues the major transformation underway along Westchester’s I-287 corridor where vacant office parks are being repurposed into new uses including outpatient care facilities, rental housing, retail stores and a Life Time Fitness center. Construction is underway on a site adjacent to 104 Corporate Park Drive on a 121,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket which his slated to open in spring of 2020.
Visionary Developer and Business Leader Robert F. Weinberg Dies at 90
As co-founder of the Robert Martin Company, Weinberg was a real estate development pioneer who transformed Westchester County over the past 60 years
Robert F. Weinberg, a visionary commercial and residential developer who over six decades transformed the landscape and economy of Westchester County as co-founder of the Robert Martin Company, died of natural causes at his home in Manhattan on Sept. 3, 2019. He was 90.
Working side-by-side with his life-time business partner, the late Martin S. Berger, Weinberg and the Robert Martin Company were at the forefront of innovation and change in the real estate industry. Most notably, the company pioneered the development of more than six million square feet of office and industrial parks across Westchester and Fairfield counties, as well as over 3,000 apartments, condominiums and single-family homes throughout Westchester.
Weinberg’s astute business sense consistently kept the company on the cutting edge of real estate trends. This enabled the firm to play a leading role in a wide array of major projects, including the creation of expansive suburban office and industrial parks, hotels, retail centers, as well as thousands of housing units. The company was particularly active in the cities of White Plains and Yonkers; the towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant; and the villages of Tarrytown, Elmsford and Port Chester.
Combining their first names, Weinberg and Berger, who died in 2011, founded the Robert Martin Company in 1957. They began by modestly building five single-family homes in Ardsley. They quickly expanded, building larger single-family home developments in Hartsdale, Yorktown, White Plains, and other communities.
In the late 1960s, however, they took a step that was to change the course of their business and in real ways, even the trajectory of economic development in Westchester. Acquiring a large tract of land on Route 9A in Greenburgh, Weinberg and Berger decided to build an office-warehouse park, the first of its kind in Westchester County.
The overwhelming success of the Cross Westchester Executive Park led to a series of transformative mixed-use office and commercial projects that the company developed, including the South Westchester Executive Park in Yonkers; the Mid Westchester Executive Park in Hawthorne; and the Stamford Executive Park in Stamford, CT.
The company was the first major developer to invest in the Urban Renewal of downtown White Plains. Its work there included the development of sixteen unique projects, culminating in the development of a full city block opposite the White Plains train station known as Westchester Financial Center. Located at 50 Main Street, the project included two office towers, an apartment tower, and a common parking garage.
The company also led the way in the redevelopment of downtown Port Chester and constructed over 1,000 apartments in Elmsford and Greenburgh.
Today, the company’s diverse portfolio includes over six million square feet of multi-family, office, retail and industrial properties as well as over 200 acres of developable land in Westchester, Connecticut and Florida.
Earlier this year, the company, led today by Tim Jones and Greg Berger, completed the acquisition of a 3.1 million square-foot office/flex portfolio, consisting mostly of properties originally developed by Robert Martin. The $487.5 million purchase from Mack-Cali Realty Corporation was the largest commercial real estate transaction in Westchester County history.
Weinberg was born in Manhattan on Sept. 20, 1928, to his mother Ray Greenbaum and father Alexander Weinberg. He grew up in New York City, although he and his parents spent time in Elmsford when he was recovering from scarlet fever as a young boy.
Weinberg earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University, a Masters of Science Degree in Building Engineering & Construction from M.I.T. and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
A true visionary, Weinberg was particularly fond of a group he formed and chaired for more than 40 years, the Outreach Committee on Orderly Growth in Westchester. The group, which grew to include more than 40 members, meets for lunch seven times a year with Weinberg personally setting the agenda for “off-the-record” discussions of a wide range of issues pertinent to Westchester’s future including transportation, housing, planning and zoning.
In addition to operating Robert Martin, he was also deeply involved in business, civic and philanthropic positions throughout the community. These included serving as a Director of the Mack-Cali Real Estate Investment Trust; Chairman of the Westchester Public Issues Institute; Director of the Westchester County Association; President of the Builders Institute of Westchester & Putnam Counties; Director of the publicly-traded Sequa Corporation; Commissioner of the Westchester County Utility Agency; Member of the Westchester County Advisory Committee on Housing Policy; Chairman of the UJA/Federation, Westchester Real Estate & Builder’s Division; Trustee of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York; and Chairman of the Associated YM-YWHA’s of Greater New York; Director of the City & Suburban Financial Corporation; Board Member of SUNY Purchase; Member of the Design Task Force for the TZB/Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, and Co-founder of City and Suburban Savings Bank, among other involvements.
He maintained homes in White Plains, Manhattan and Palm Beach, FL. He was a long-time member of the Metropolis Country Club in Greenburgh and served on its Board of Directors, and also was a member of the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, the Harmonie Club and the Doubles Club in Manhattan, and the Palm Beach Country Club in Florida.
Mr. Weinberg was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 53 years, Marilyn, in 2012, and his daughter, Eileen W. Toulouse, in 2016. He is survived by his grandchildren Stacy Lynn Reilly and her husband Sam, and Scott Alexander Hesse and his wife Whitney, and his great grandchildren Jake Ethan Reilly, Cameron Michael Reilly and William Robert Hesse.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, located at 1076 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028 at 81st Street. Further arrangements are being made for the family to receive friends in both Westchester and New York City.
The family suggest, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made in his memory to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, N.Y., or the Ranachqua Foundation, which supports Boy Scouts activities and college scholarships, in Bronx, N.Y.