Metro North Seeking Tenant to Fill Former Kelly’s

Several offers on the conveniently located building have been made since the Metro North issued an RFP two weeks ago.

Grabbing a cup of joe on your way to the train at Peekskill’s Metro North station may get a lot easier in the next year or so.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority posted a Request for Proposal on its website on July 8 for the former Kelly’s building that has been vacant since spring of 2009. In the last two weeks Royal Properties Inc., the MTA’s broker for the property, has received positive feedback and some serious offers, according to Craig Benson, the company’s Vice President. 

The 7,395-square-foot, one-story structure was built in 1874 and includes a 1,630-square-foot outdoor plaza. The lease agreement includes eight short-term parking spaces in front of the building. The MTA advertises that the City of Peekskill plans to convert a row of parking to the north of the station to short-term meters that would be available to customers as well.

“It will likely be a restaurant or café kind of a place,” Benson said.

The proposed lease agreement rents the space out for $60,000 per year with a three percent annual increase and a negotiable ten-year minimum on the lease. The Metro-North reserves use of a public waiting area and public restrooms and will require the lessee to provide a morning coffee service between the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The RFP also notes that the closed ticket office may be relocated or removed. Lessee is also required to refurbish the existing retail selling area to suit the tenant’s purpose.

In addition, the MTA has applied for the building’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places so any renovations made by tenants will be required to comply with the Secretary of the Interior‘s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings.

All proposals are due by 5 p.m. on August 5 and should be submitted to:

Jeff Kintzer, Principal Royal Properties, Inc. 850 Bronx River Road

Bronxville, NY 10708 Telephone: (914) 237-3403, Ext. 103

Royal Properties is also representing similar Metro North properties in Tarrytown, Port Chester, Ossining and Ardsley.

Read the full RFP by clicking on the pdf attached to this article.


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Mary Ann Ottaviano July 21, 2011 at 06:40 PM
The Peekskill Train Station has always been a place where people gathered. Whether you were buying a ticket for a ride on the Hudson River Line or having a burger with a friend checking out the beautiful sunsets over Dunderberg Mtn. - the train station must be a gathering place.
Patty Villanova July 22, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Another example of how Big Government manages to screw things up every time. This is an absolutely PRIME piece of Westchester property that's been allowed to be vacant way too long. Why was Matt Kelly forced out of there? Could it be that the rent was too high? Or maybe it was all the BS he had to go through to maintain a profitable business. The problem is that whoever takes the space will have the MTA as a partner- sort of like Dracula.
272727 July 22, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Rent of more than $5,000 per month, plus rennovations that conform to registry of historic places standards, plus 3% annual increases? No wonder it's been vacant. Matt Kelly did a great job for a long time, but if I were presented a proposal like that, I would have walked away too.
Hypotenuse Jackson July 25, 2011 at 07:47 PM
PJ Kelly's (affectionately known as PJ Pukie's in some quarters) was an excellent place to hang out. They had a great Super Bowl party and offered a fine French onion soup. The MTA obviously needs to increase its revenue to pay its do-nothing executives and do-nothing unionized workers and to provide free train service and grotesque benefits to spouses, widows and children of employees. In America, there is such a thing as a free lunch - get a government job! No wonder communist America is on its last legs. RIP Kelly's and RIP America.


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