The Mt. Kisco, Purdys, Hastings-on-Hudson, Peekskill and Tarrytown stations are being reinvigorated, becoming more vibrant, welcoming places for commuters and residents, thanks to a renewal initiative by MTA Metro-North Railroad.
Metro-North has granted leases to new tenants who will bring dining and shopping options, commuter and community services, as well as improvements to these station house buildings.
These five leases are providing $193,000 annually, and growing, to Metro-North, and because the tenants will be responsible for building cleaning and upkeep, the railroad will save another estimated $90,000 per year, bringing the total value that the leases bring to Metro-North to $283,000 annually.
“A welcoming station house that offers customers an inviting spot to grab a bite or a cup of coffee, wait for a train, unwind after work or meet up with family and friends can only make commuting a more positive experience,” said Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi. “New restaurants and services at the Mt. Kisco, Hastings and Purdys stations not only benefit customers, but enhance local communities. I’m delighted to welcome our new tenants to these Metro-North stations.”
The Purdys station building has been vacant since June 2017, but that will soon change. Hayfields Market responded to a 2018 request for proposals to license the 240-square foot stand-alone building at the station. The MTA Board approved Hayfield’s lease in March.
Hayfields will offer customers a wide array of dining options, fresh produce, dry goods, beverages, and even small gift items, gardening décor and flowers. Commuters will be able to enjoy the convenience of a menu of take-out foods like pastries, sandwiches, soups, “to-go” breakfast, lunches and dinners, ice cream and packaged snacks, and beer and wine.
“With these deals, we’re enlivening the stations, meeting customer needs, and—because the tenant takes over responsibility for upkeep and maintenance—cutting costs,” said MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber. “That’s a home run for our customers, and for the MTA. “
The services offered by Hayfield Market will center around the needs of Metro-North’s customers, and as an added benefit, Hayfields plans to offer a concierge service, which may include: dry cleaning, shoe repair and car detailing.
The lease holder is also responsible for renovating and refurbishing the station building’s interior space and will install new trade fixtures, counters, racks and displays.
“We are excited to expand our brand and provide a service for the commuters in our community,” said Hayfields co-owner Renea Dayton. She’s going into the new venture with Peter Kamenstein and Steve Kinnear. “The train station concession has sat empty for a while now and we hope to give it back some life.”