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Former Bank in Bedford Green Plaza to House New Tenant

Jim Diamond of Diamond Properties said he expects to make an announcement within the next few weeks.

A long-dormant section of the on Route 117 in Bedford Hills may soon have a new tenant.

Just what business will be occupying the space formerly leased by Chase Bank isn't public yet, but the lease is being negotiated, according to Jim Diamond, owner of Diamond Properties.

"The new tenant should move in by the end of this year," he said. "There will be a whole new facade, and it will have a nice look."

The building is situated in the northeast corner of the plaza and has been empty since at least 2008 when the lease for Chase Bank ran out, said Diamond. The building has acquired a dilapidated look, but he said his company didn't make any improvements because a new tenant will often want to reconfigure the space—both outside and in—to their specifications.

Regarding the overall progress in the plaza, Diamond said he is "pleased" but the work is not yet done. For example, on the plaza's parking spaces—which some Patch readers have —Diamond acknowledged the plaza was busier with the addition of new tenants, but he said he hadn't had trouble on his frequent trips to the plaza from his Mt. Kisco-based firm.

"We're still working on the parking lot; we're installing light poles and adding a sidewalk to the entryway that will be a slightly raised walkway and path to the plaza," he said. "But it is slow-going when the plaza has so much activity."

Diamond recently received the New York League of Conservation Voters for his firm's adaptive reuse projects. Diamond is CEO of the firm, which he co-founded in 1995.

Dan May 30, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Diamond has made this plaza look great, I just wish the planning board didn't make him put in all the curbing and islands in a already small parking lot, the trees will be nice, however, driving around looking for a parking spot is no fun and we'll see how the snow plows handle all the curbs in the winter.
PattyB May 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Driving out of the parking lot is an accident (or many accidents) waiting to happen. Your are taking a risk every time you exit left in/out of the shopping center. How about an additional exit lane? God forbid there's a real emergency and the only exit in/out is blocked off. Best odds for getting into an accident - the Bedford Hills shopping center!!! Take care of it before we have a fatal tragedy!
C P June 01, 2012 at 09:22 PM
There also is an increased potential for accidents making a left turn into the first two parking aisles. The lanes are narrow and visibility is poor plus not to mention a light pole that is partially in one of the aisles. Since I visit the shopping center frequently, I hope that upon its completion these problems will be fixed. CP
Bea Rhodes June 05, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Agree the plaza does look great. But, yes, the parking lot is an accident(s) waiting to happen. The design for entry and exit seem to confuse many drivers, the layout just doesn't flow properly.

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