NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced on Thursday, Feb. 22, that it is looking for a retail concession vendor to rent a building adjacent to the Purdys Metro-North train station.

The building, which is currently vacant, is approximately 285 square feet. The MTA is looking for the vendor to sign a five-year lease and is suggesting a rent of $3,996 per year or $333 per month, according to its request for proposals.

While the MTA is seeking a “railroad-compatible retail or other commercial use” tenant, there are restrictions. There is no water source at the building. Additionally, the railroad will not allow vending machines, ATMs, video games or pay phones to be installed.

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According to 2015 statistics, there are approximately 470 total weekday inbound riders and 361 total weekend inbound riders served by the Purdys train station. There are also 400 permitted or metered parking spots at the train station, which are maintained by LAZ PARKING. Vehicles also park along Route 116 for free.

The MTA will host a site visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, for interested parties.

Having a concession business is the latest improvement to the Purdys train station area that the MTA has put forth. Last year it worked out an agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the town of North Salem to make improvements for pedestrian traffic.

The MTA agreed to build a new pedestrian ramp from Route 116 to the train station and the DOT will rebuild the section along the overpass to provide pedestrian access, as well as a sidewalk and guardrail to protect people walking along the heavily-trafficked overpass. For its part, the town of North Salem will install sidewalks and lighting from Titicus River Road to the end of the Exit 7 northbound ramp of Interstate 684. 

Currently many commuters walk through the woods or down the car ramp to get to the train station. Others walk along the overpass.

The pedestrian access project is expected to be completed this fall.

The tenant proposal application is available online at http://enterprise.nymta.info/MTA_Real_Estate_RFP/. The deadline to submit a proposal is 3 p.m. Friday, March 30.