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White Plains Gateway undergoing renovation.

A key vacant site in the heart of downtown White Plains, located directly across from the Metro North train station, is slated to be developed, according to a Master Plan approved February 10 by the White Plains Common Council. The $1.1 million improvement project is being undertaken as part of a larger, two-phase renovation project to the adjacent Gateway Building, White Plains' premier office facility, and will provide additional parking for the building, in an attractive landscaped setting.

The Master Plan calls for landscaping and upgrading this vacant parcel located between the Gateway Building and its 1,000 space parking structure. In addition, the facade of the parking structure itself will be "vertically landscaped" with trellis work and flowering vines. Accent lighting will be used to enhance the effect.

This project follows the first phase of renovations to Gateway's interior, which focused primarily on the building's lobby, entrance facade, and the reconfiguration of the concierge reception area, recently completed at a cost of nearly $1 million. Master Plan renovations are expected to get underway in the coming weeks. The total cost for the two phase renovation project is $2 million.

Gateway was constructed in 1984 and houses major operations groups for AT&T in Westchester. Gateway is owned by CIGNA Investments, Inc., which has retained Halpern Enterprises as the building's Managing Agent, and Austin Corporate Properties, Inc., as Gateway's Exclusive Leasing Agent.

A world-class team has been assembled to plan and execute Gateway's two phase renovation project. The first phase interior improvements was conceived by Der Scutt Architects' of New York City, noted for its design of Trump Tower, The Revlon Building at 635 Madison Avenue, and other dramatic lobbies such as 575 Lexington Avenue, 1613 Broadway, and the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank of New York. Renovations to the lobby entailed relocating the concierge reception area to create a better traffic flow from the building entrance to the elevator banks. In addition, the lobby floors have been laid with Vermont green marble, and the walls have been covered with cherrywood paneling. New lighting has been installed which creates an overall dramatic effect. Lobby construction was performed by Halpern Building Corporation.

Carl Austin of Austin Corporate Properties said, "Retaining a prominent design team for the building's renovations has allowed Gateway to undergo a major transformation. The Master Plan will improve the building's surrounding environment, while aesthetically improving a long vacant site directly across from the White Plains Metro North Train Station. The newly completed interior renovations have created a very inviting atmosphere, effectively eliminating the cold atmosphere in the lobby's former black granite design."

The Master Plan was created by the New York City-based urban design firm of M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, well-known for its innovative public space designs for projects such as Battery Park City in downtown Manhattan. Site landscaping will include the planting of colorful seasonal flowers, shade trees, shrubs and ground cover, as well as the installation of benches, lighting, and the trellis and planting treatment of the existing parking structure.

With floors of 32,500 square-feet, Gateway can accommodate tenants of 3,000 to 350,000 square-feet.
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Title Annotation:Gateway Building, White Plains, New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Mar 9, 1994
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