WHITE PLAINS | The District Galleria | 3200 Units

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – In what would be the largest conversion of an enclosed shopping mall into open space, mixed-use residential and retail in the New York Metropolitan Tri- State Region, Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP), The Cappelli Organization, SL Green Realty Corporation, and Aareal Bank, owners of The Galleria at White Plains presented a plan to the White Plains Common Council. A key first step for the visionary redevelopment, spanning multiple city blocks in the heart of Downtown White Plains.


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The plan is to tear down the 43-year-old, 870,000-square-foot mall and build The District Galleria, including seven residential towers with a fitness center, grocery store, eateries as well as professional and personal services amenities, according to a news release.

The residential towers will include 3,200 apartments.

The developer, Pacific Retail Capital Partners, presented to the City Council on Wednesday that nearly half of the project’s footprint would be designated as open space. They proposed creating a mile-long green promenade with pet playgrounds and pocket parks for community gatherings, outdoor events, public entertainment and art.

Najla Kayyem, executive vice president for Pacific Retail Capital Partners, said in the news release that the key to the redevelopment is to appeal to people’s desire for connection and belonging.

“The evolution of an enclosed mall to an open-air mixed-use development with the unified vision of The District Galleria is pivotal in evolving real estate for the next generation,” she said.

The developer said the project is being designed as sustainable and energy efficient and would align with the city’s strategic plan to expand transit-oriented development.


WHITE PLAINS, New York (WABC) – Officials have unveiled the $2.5 billion redevelopment plan for the former Galleria Mall in Westchester County.

The property sat vacant for six months after it shut its doors. For 43 years it was a marvel of its time – but that time has come and gone.

“Now what it is is a walled-off city killer in my opinion, 11 acres of nothing but a city killer,” developer Louis Cappelli said.

A group led by Cappelli has released its vision for District Galleria that includes seven residential towers, retail shops, a food hall and a pedestrian promenade.

“Look what we have and look where we’re going, where we’re going is to a place that is a whole lot better than where we are,” Cappelli said.

The entire existing structure would be leveled, including a parking garage developers would have to buy from the city. The plan is to move parking underground.

Nearly 50% of the 11 acres would be open space and 12% of apartments would be affordable housing.

The mayor stressed it is all preliminary and subject to negotiation.

“This is zoned for enclosed mall, so whatever they decide to do – this proposal or another proposal – is going to be different and will require a zoning amendment which is 100% within the control of the council and the mayor,” White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach said.

It is the largest conversion of shopping mall into mixed-use residential, retail and open space in the Tri-State area.

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This needs to be combined with the following:

https://forum.newyorkyimby.com/t/white-plains-the-district-at-galleria-3200-units/23152/2

Developers Reveal Plans To Redevelop The Shuttered Galleria Mall In White Plains

Seven months after the Galleria Mall in White Plains closed its doors, developers have revealed a seven-building residential complex to replace the shuttered building. The development team includes Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP), The Cappelli Organization, SL Green Realty Corporation, and Aareal Bank.

Annemarie Plenge, executive vice president of design for PRCP, is the master architectural designer of the project and is working in collaboration with Gensler, Kimley Horn, and Eric Rain Landscape Architecture.

Plans to construct the complex, officially known as The District at Galleria, are currently under review by The White Plains Common Council. If approved, the complex would create up to 3,200 apartments, including around 384 affordable housing units, a quarter-mile-long pedestrian promenade, pet playgrounds, grocery stores, restaurants, and local retail.

Preliminary renderings of the complex show a mix of structures with varying heights, massing, and façades surrounding a lush outdoor plaza. Many of the restaurants will be housed within a food hall that will feature a mix of fast casual businesses and communal seating. To create a neighborhood setting, the central plaza will have spaces for live music, community events, and a seasonal ice skating rink during the colder months.

“As an urban renewal project that began more than 50 years ago, the reimagining of this property is integral to the transformation of Downtown White Plains, which began in earnest over 20 years ago with City Center,” said Louis Cappelli, CEO and founder of the Cappelli Organization. “The District Galleria will go a long way in making our local community more enjoyable, desirable, sustainable, and resilient.”

At this phase of the project, the development team does not have an anticipated construction schedule or a date of completion.

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This needs to be combined with the following:

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Thanks, merged. I changed the header from zoning to proposal. Just to keep everything in line with this mega project. Was labeled as zoning prior.

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Here’s a diagram showing the proposed buildings and their heights above sea level. (Downtown White Plains street level is about 200 ft above sea level).

source: https://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09272023-2061

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I wonder if there is a FAA height limit for WP. As far as I know, no flight paths for HPN go over the city.

Massive. :beers:

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some details from newspaper article:

  • The planning process may take 12-15 months.
  • The project would be completed in phases that may take up to 10 years.
  • A pedestrian bridge would be built over the Martin Luther King Boulevard.
  • The target market for residential units would be young adults, families and empty-nesters, ranging from 25 to 70 years old. The plan is to house a diverse group of residents in terms of income, age and demographic.
  • Although the number of jobs that would be created is unclear, the developer can tell from experience that each building would create about 500 construction jobs.
  • All apartment units are likely to be rentals.
  • The building cost for the apartment buildings would be about $600-$700 per square foot.
  • There would be charging systems for electronic vehicles.
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The old mall still hasn’t been torn down to make way for redevelopment, but at least it’s being put to good use.

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