Downtown Yonkers area Chicken Island may get facelift as part of revitalization plan

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


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