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Developer Proposes 'Gateway' Building For Downtown Mount Kisco

A photo of a rendering for a proposed building at the former Eduardo's site in downtown Mount Kisco. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie (Rendering by Ira Grandberg)
Architect Ira Grandberg (left) and attorney Charles Martabano (right) present a proposal for a new building for downtown Mount Kisco at a Planning Board meeting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A photo of a rendering for a proposed building at the former Eduardo's site in downtown Mount Kisco. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie (Rendering by Ira Grandberg)
The site plan for a proposed 2-story building at the former Eduardo's site in downtown Mount Kisco. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie (Site Plan By Insite Engineering)

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- A new office and retail building that could dramatically change the look of a downtown Mount Kisco intersection is being proposed at the former site of Eduardo's Restaurant & Piano Bar.

A rendering of the 2-story structure, which is 8,164 square feet, was unveiled on Tuesday night at the Planning Board meeting; one person whispered "wow" upon seeing the image.

The proposal is from Win Development, LLC, a Florida-based company that is in contract to acquire the triangular lot. The existing 1-story building would be demolished to make room for the new structure.

The lot is at the intersection of South Moger Avenue, Lexington Avenue and Green Street. Its exact address is 77-91 S. Moger Ave.

Ira Grandberg, a local architect who designed the structure, said it would have a 2-story glass lobby and would be clad in “zinc-coated copper and/or stone.”

The structure has an arch that swoops above a pedestrian walkway for the site before being planted around its southern tip.

The site currently has two entrances and exits, said Charles Martabano, an attorney for the applicant. The proposal calls for removing one of the access ways and adding two parking spaces onto South Moger in its place. A single access way would remain but would be one way. A new one-way exit from the site would connect the property to the road that comes out of Shopper's Park and goes over the downtown brook.

Todd Albright, a co-owner of Win Development who lives in the Pleasantville area, told Daily Voice that he was interested in the site because it is the last under-developed one on South Moger.

A single tenant is intended for the building, Albright said, with an investment advisory company envisioned. Investment advisors Charles Schwab and Fidelity already have offices a short walk away.

Martabano envisions the building as being a major visual element from people driving into downtown from Chappaqua and Armonk.

“It is going to be a prominent statement. It is truly a gateway building,”

During the board meeting, Martabano also anticipated that the structure could spur new investment in the immediate vicinity.

“We're hopeful that with the change to this site, at this location, it might act as a little spur to revitalization of the area as well.”

Planning Board members were receptive to the concept, which is only at its beginning.

Chairman Joseph Cosetino called the project a "masterpiece" and referred to the pedestrian and traffic changes as a "big improvement for downtown Mount Kisco."

The project will need approvals from the Village Board of Trustees, which would need to sign off on the vehicular connection to Shopper's Park and configuration of some parking because they would be built on adjacent municipal property. Martabano anticipates making an appearance before in the Village Board in the coming weeks.

The Planning Board would need to approve a special permit for the building because it is over 8,000 square feet, along with the property's site plan. A variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals may also needed, according to Martabano, because the project would leave the property with two fewer parking spaces than village code requires.

The site has a long history; people at the meeting recalled how past uses included a gas station, antiques shop and a pizzeria.

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