YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - The wholesale facelift of a stretch of Route 118 in Yorktown Heights, the onetime site of Murphy’s Restaurant, continues.
A three-story, 10,000-square-foot building would rise on just over a third of an acre at the corner of Kear Street and 118, under a proposal now before the Planning Board. Meanwhile, a new office building continues to build on the restaurant site while next door, on the corner of Underhill Avenue, an aging structure has been consigned to the scrap heap.
The vacant Kear Street land, owned by Nantucket Sound Sons LLC, would go up near a three-story, 40,000-square-foot office building, future home of CareMount Medical Group and former site of Murphy’s Restaurant. The latter property is being developed by Unicorn Contracting Corp. (White Plains).
At one point, Nantucket Sound Sons’ 0.36-acre property was to be included in Unicorn’s development, with initial plans showing a bank on the corner of Kear Street and Route 118. Those plans were later scrapped.
Development of the 10,000-square-foot structure is in the early-review stages, after the Planning Board took its first look at the application from Nantucket Sound Sons on Monday, May 6.
According to the application before the board, the building would house a mix of residential and retail uses. Planning Director John Tegeder said the retail use is expected to be a food service.
The plan may require some variances, including for parking, Tegeder said. A formal application has not been filed.
Sports Attic/Salon Moda
At the other end of this changing acreage, Unicorn will demolish a two-story building on the corner of Underhill Avenue and Route 118, former home of Sports Attic and Salon Moda
Dan Ciarcia, engineer for Unicorn Contracting, told Yorktown News that the building, vacant since a water leak was discovered this past winter, is not worth repairing.
“The building department was called in and did an inspection and apparently it was a lot of work to bring that building into code compliance,” Ciarcia said. “The electric is all old. The developer [Unicorn] inherited it, but once he took a look at what it would take to bring it up to speed, it didn’t really seem worth it.”
The building, which once sat in front of Murphy’s Restaurant, will not be replaced. Aesthetically, Ciarcia said, leaving the property vacant and landscaped will improve the site.
“The aesthetics played into it as well,” Ciarcia said.
More parking spaces can be added into the site, Ciarcia said, “But, generally speaking, that area will be landscaped.”
Sports Attic, one of the building’s two tenants, has set up temporary operation next door in the Grace Building, Ciarcia said.