Planning commissioner touts ‘new renaissance’ in Yonkers

Yonkers is just starting a "new renaissance," according to the city planning commissioner.



Wilson Kimball says that in the last five years the city has seen 5,000 new units of development, including lofted micro-units in the heart of Larkin Plaza. In the last four, the city has seen $1 billion in private investments.



The development goes hand-in-hand with Mayor Mike Spano's Generation Yonkers marketing campaign -- which seeks to brand the city as the next great urban frontier.



"That means more jobs, more tax revenues, and continued strength in our city's economy," Spano said last month during his State of the City address.



The development projects have also increased traffic in some areas, particularly along the Saw Mill Parkway, but drivers say the expansion is worth the wait.


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