YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – The Yorktown Town Board gave developer Simon Property Group, Inc. the green light for its Jefferson Valley Mall renovation and expansion plan Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Town Hall.
The board unanimously approved the plan, which includes a 20,000-square foot expansion, and “turning the mall inside out” with new outdoor space, retailers, restaurants and giving the mall a new main entrance.
The plan also calls for renovations to the parking lot, a Route 6 berm, and tree removal, and the addition of 79 trees throughout the property.
“The goal is to have a dramatic effect with modest expansion,” Simon Property Vice President Steve Shea said.
Jefferson Valley residents packed town hall to make sure the proposal was mindful of those living closest to the upcoming construction and its final product. With an extensive storm-water management plan and tree removal plan included as part of the board’s demands -- and the traffic impact being described as “minuscule” -- Tuesday night’s resident feedback was positive.
“We are impressed with the plan,” Jefferson Valley Owner’s Association President Joe Devery said. "We expect you to be good corporate neighbors."
The architect of the project, Tenille Jordan of JP2 Architects, gave a presentation of the proposal, including a virtual tour of all the changes. She explained how the new “key note” main entrance would be relocated to the mall’s northern façade, facing Route 6. Other changes will include moving the food court, enhancing the Lee Boulevard entrance, and giving the mall’s exterior a complete facelift while “maintaining the great finishes and lighting of the existing interior.”
“What a wonderful presentation,” Yorktown resident Dorothea LaScala said. “I use to have a business in the Jefferson Valley Mall – I wish you guys would have come sooner. I can’t wait for it to get started.”
Town Supervisor Michael Grace gave Simon Property a list of demands, including a Master Plan for the mall, a landscaping plan and final site plan approval. Since the project carries a "negative declaration," and will not significantly change the properties current environmental impact, it is possible construction will begin in the near future.
“This project will take somewhere in between a year, year-and-half to complete,” Shea said. “But it will be a rolling renovation, so the mall will remain open during construction.”