Simone Development to Complete $35 Million Redevelopment of Historic Boyce Thompson Institute

by Katie Sloan

Yonkers, N.Y. — Simone Development Cos. is redeveloping the former Boyce Thompson Institute property in northwest Yonkers into an 85,000-square-foot mixed-used complex.

The property will be rebranded as the Boyce Thompson Center and will include office space for business and medical use as well as retail stores, banking and two restaurants. The property — once home to a horticulture research center — was built in the 1920s, and Simone plans to restore the property to its original character.

The property has remained abandoned for 40 years, with the main building and greenhouses falling into disrepair. Simone’s redevelopment plan includes construction of a new 18,000-square-foot addition that will resemble the existing 52,000-square- foot structure. A glass “greenhouse” will connect the new building with the existing building and will house an information gallery honoring the Boyce Thompson legacy.

A two-level 15,000-square-foot, freestanding building will be built at the corner of Executive Boulevard and Executive Plaza; St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers has signed a lease for this space to be used for medical offices. The entire $35 million project is expected to require 20 months to complete. 

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