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SCARSDALE, NY-After decades of acrimony over what to do with a vacant parcel of land that village officials had labeled an “eyesore,” Ginsburg Development Cos. of Valhalla broke ground on a $40-million project here on Thursday afternoon that will finally redevelop the property.

The project, dubbed “Christie Place” will include 42 luxury, age-restricted condominiums, approximately 383 parking spaces, nearly 12,000 sf of retail space, a landscaped rooftop plaza, police kiosk and public restrooms. The complex will be built on a village-owned 69,200-sf parking lot located across from the Metro-North railroad tracks. The project has been designed to conform to the Tudor style of the village’s adjoining downtown district.

GDC was named designated developer by the village’s Land-Use Committee in December 2004 for the project after decades of discussion over what the best course of action should be on the site. The village took ownership of the property via condemnation proceedings in that year, and the final development agreement between GDC and the village was signed in 2005.

Martin Ginsburg, principal of GDC, says that even though his firm has probably built more than 10,000 homes since its founding more than 40 years ago, this project will be a first for his company.

“I have never built in Scarsdale, though we have had a number of projects that bragged about having Scarsdale post offices,” he says.

Ginsburg notes that the project’s location will allow the development to offer luxury units for senior residents who want to remain in the village. While it has a Scarsdale address near the train station, Ginsburg admits the site “is not the loveliest part of the Village of Scarsdale. We think we will make it one of the loveliest parts in the Village of Scarsdale.”

The initial stages of the construction will entail the development of underground parking for the project. Construction of Christie Place is expected to be completed in two years. Marketing the units, which are to be priced from the $700,000s to more than $1.5 million, could begin as early as this fall.

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