Ridge Hill in Yonkers is a laid-back community lined with a variety of shops, dining choices, and activities. Whether you’re in the mood for holiday shopping, a quick errand, or a catch-up with a friend, Ridge Hill offers numerous possibilities. In addition to its establishments, the hub hosts seasonal events such as its menorah lighting and pictures with Santa Claus.
As the holidays roll around, Ridge Hill is decked out in festive décor and even expecting a visit from Mr. Claus, who may have a hand in gifting the town square a sizeable gift. North American Properties (NAP), Nuveen Real Estate (Nuveen), and Taconic Partners acquired Ridge Hill back in 2022 and, last month, they announced Phase I of the redevelopment of the 74-acre lifestyle center.
Upon completion, Ridge Hill will be transformed into a mixed-use destination with the additions enhancing its public realm. The re-envisioned blueprint will boost the center’s streetscape by expanding green space for events that have grown exponentially in attendance and offering comfortable seating areas to elevate guest experience.
“The City of Yonkers has extended a warm welcome to our team, and we are grateful to have the support of Mayor Spano and the Department of Planning and Development as we reinvest and maximize the potential of Ridge Hill. Our goal in this initial phase of work is to make the property more human-centric and get the street level right to inspire more frequent and extended guests visits,” says Kevin Polston, NAP project executive.
What can guests expect from these upgrades? For starters, the 17,000-square-foot area situated on the northern end of the complex will undergo a renovation, transforming into a family-friendly activity zone. It will be equipped with ample greenery and strategically positioned components to provide a welcoming space for family gatherings and people to hang out. There will also be comfortable seating and café tables for lounging and working.
The most notable upgrade will be on Second Street, the road parallel to Market Street. The developers plan to create a car-free zone between Archer Avenue and Cole Street to grant Town Square additional space. With the added 10,000 square feet, the central plaza will effortlessly host larger community events. The central plaza will also be accessorized with a covered area, seating, plants, and fire pits to elevate the ambiance.
“Our event attendance has increased so much since we introduced more consistent event programming that it is putting pressure on our existing activation spaces. We’ve enjoyed seeing the crowds continuously grow during our weekly and monthly events and look forward to being able to bring even more of our neighbors together soon,” says Ridge Hill General Manager Meghann Hongach.
The changes have been approved by the Yonkers Department of Planning and Development and are expected to begin in 2024.
1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers