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MTA Metro-North grants five new leases


MTA Metro-North Railroad has granted five new leases to bring dining and shopping options to passengers at Mt. Kisco, Purdy’s, Hastings-on-Hudson, Peeksill and Tarrytown stations in New York.

The tenants will provide $193,000 annually, as well as build cleaning and upkeep valued at $90,000, bringing the total value of the leases to $283,000 annually, according to an MTA press release.

Earlier this month, Locali Kitchen & Bar opened in the Mt. Kisco station building, a 2,890-square foot space that includes an office loft, basement and an outdoor plaza adjacent to the building. 

In addition, tenants are slated to open shop at Purdy’s and Hastings-on-Hudson stations within the next year.

Hayfields LLC, which operates as Hayfields Market, will lease a 240-square foot stand-alone building, which has been vacant since June 2017, at Purdy’s station.

The lease holder is also responsible for renovating and refurbishing the station building’s interior space.

The incoming tenant at the Hastings-on-Hudson Station house, The Good Witch LLC, will operate a full-service bakery. The space has been vacant since July 2018.

Metro-North will reserve rights for use of the waiting area and restrooms in the space for its customers during certain times, MTA officials said.

A reimagined concept for the Peekskill station is currently under construction. Louis Lanza, who heads Hudson Hospitality Group, is converting the current waiting room into a fast, casual eating experience, Stazione Peekskill. 

Building plans are also currently under review for The Bakehouse Inc. to operate a full-service bakery and restaurant at Tarrytown station.

The station building is currently underutilized, housing a ticket agent booth and small concession stand, officials says. Under the proposed plan, the interior will be reconfigured and refurbished. 

A new seating area will be installed near the ticket window.

The MTA Real Estate Department has recently offered leasing opportunities at the Bronxville station and the Rye station and anticipates submitting terms for transactions at both locations to the MTA Board in the coming months. 

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