YONKERS - The historic downtown area in Yonkers known as Chicken Island may soon be getting a facelift.

The city is now marketing a vacant lot and surrounding buildings between Nepperhan and Palisade avenues to prominent developers across the tri-state area.

Mayor Mike Spano has called the area one of Yonkers' most valuable assets.  

"We have views, it's historic, there's character and so much to offer," he said.

Nearly a dozen nearby businesses would have to close for the new development.

The city says it purchased all the properties and plans to start tearing them down this summer