Saturday, March 24, 2012

Say Good-bye to Stella Doro

  While the famous Bronx Cookie factory and restaurant known as Stella Doro has been closed for some time now, it was recently sold to developer Mr. Joseph Farkas. Mr. Farkas has made his plans for the site public, as there have several stories in the newspapers (including one by me) on the future of the old Stella Doro plant. This past week there have been tours of the site and renderings shown of what the new Riverdale Crossings Shopping Center will look like when finished. While it is known that the BJ'S Warehouse Club store will be the anchor of the shopping center, it has been reported that Petco and Bank of America will be among the six or seven other stores to be part of Riverdale Crossings. 

  Community Board # 8 members and a representative from the Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corporation toured the site, and the very next day Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Congressman Eliot Engel, Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, were also given a tour of the site by developer Mr. Farkas. From the picture below of Mr. Farkas and the elected officials you can see that just like the previous tour of the site that the elected officials had questions to ask Mr. Farkas
  The entrance to Riverdale Crossings will be from Broadway onto West 237th Street and from the current existing curb cut on West 238th Street it would seem that would be another entrance to the shopping center.  The back of the Stella Doro plant going towards West 238th Street was were the trucks (as many as 50 or more) were kept and serviced that delivered to all of the customers that Stella Doro had when it was in the  the Bronx.  

  According to Ripco Reality the agent for Riverdale Crossings the scheduled completion date is sometime in 2013. The picture above comes from the Ripco Reality web page of what Riverdale Crossings will look like when it is finished. You can see that there will be various rooftop parking in addition to the street level parking Note that the corner building on the south side of West 237th Street next to the subway line is not part of the shopping center proposal.

  Above are (starting on the left) Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowits, Developer Mr. Joseph Farkas, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr,. and Congressman Eliot Engel going over the renderings of Riverdale Crossings questioning a certain item. If you enlarge the photo you will notice the Major Deegan Highway and stores on Bailey Avenue in the background.

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