Yorktown Architects Reveal Renovation Plans for Roma Building

The Roma Building was the first retail building in the town of Yorktown.

The Roma Building, located at the crossroads of Routes 118 (Saw Mill River Road), 202 and 35, is expected to undergo a makeover as soon as a group of architects receive the necessary building permits from the town of Yorktown. 

Michael Piccirillo, of Michael Piccirillo Commercial Architecture in Shrub Oak, presented the plans at a recent meeting of the Advisory Board on Architecture & Community Appearance (ABACA). He applied for permits about three weeks ago and is now now awaiting to receive them.

The concept for the building's design, which will give the building height and color, was to give it more of a "village" look, Piccirillo said. 

Construction of the building would take from four to six months. Piccirillo said he hopes to receive the permits by the end of the month. He said there would be no structural changes to the Roma Building – the building would undergo façade renovations and there would not be any changes to the parking lot. 

"There should be minimum affects on the tenants," said Piccirillo, a Yorktown resident and co-chair of ABACA. Those arrangements, though, would be made between the owner of the Roma Building and the contractor. 

He expects the tenants to remain open during construction. 

The 24,780-square-foot Roma building was built by Joe Roma in 1961, William Primavera writes in this article on Patch. After his death in 1976 and his wife Grace's death in 2006, the building was maintained by their three children. The Roma Building was sold for $2.6 million to 1331 Metro Holdings Corporation in 2011.

Some of the tenants include, on the first level, Autobahn Car Repair and Gas Station, Gaudio’s Restaurant and the adjoining Three Boys from Italy Pizza, Marshall Alarm Systems, as well as Twist Frozen Yogurt Bar and Sweet Shop. On the second level are: Yorktown Jewelers, Yorktown Barber Shop, the Dental Implant and Cosmetic Center and others.

"I think it will be a great building for Yorktown," Piccirillo said of the renovations. "It will put Yorktown back on the map. It will be a great step to rebuild the downtown of Yorktown."

What do you think of the renovation plans? Tell us in the comments below.

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Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I no longer live in Yorktown, but visit family there. I grew up there and think of it as my main home town. Where I live now, the Presbyterian Church is in the center of town, and it starts at 9AM ringing 9 times plus a little 'bell song.' It gives a beautiful homey feel to the whole town, and you can hear it for miles. I would love to see the same in Yorktown. It's not a 'real' bell, (though the old bell is still there) but it sounds real, and it's nice. Isn't it NICE TO BE NICE!? Damnit! LOL! (just kidding..)
Scott Petricig January 14, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Am I the only one that is recognizing the sarcasm in this comment?
Bill January 14, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Elizabeth, Why don't you go to Dunkin Donuts and suggest to the owner (I'm pretty sure that one is privately owned) that they expand? It's not like the store next to them isn't available (and has been in the past). Easy enough to do if they want to spend the money.
YTownAlum January 22, 2013 at 04:17 AM
This design is very uninspiring. This slap on renovation with the fake gables and oddly proportioned towers is exactly the kind of design the town does not need to see (again). Besides for the questionable aesthetics, how is this design addressing issues of sustainability and energy efficiency? As the focal point of the village, this building should be more representative of what Yorktown strives to become... Honoring the past while looking forward to the future. The lack of imagination and innovation hear is disappointing.
john nardi March 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM
An "eyesore" ? Please give me an example of a structure in that part of town that would make the Roma Building an eyesore in comparison ? Just one ? What the beautiful Mobil station ? Oh I forgot the Old world craftsmanship of that wonderful example of Gothic Archetecture that is the Cablevision Building !


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