Nepperhan Commons Design Competition

Conceptual Master Plan Completed 2016 | Yonkers, NY

  • Nepperhan Commons Design Competition Corner of Nepperhan Avenue and New Main Street
  • Nepperhan Commons Design Competition Retail base with affordable housing above
  • Nepperhan Commons Design Competition Aerial of site looking south
  • Nepperhan Commons Design Competition Office component diagram
  • Nepperhan Commons Design Competition Residential component diagram

STUDIOS has worked with developer Strategic Real Estate to reimagine a 6-acre site in Yonkers, New York. The site is located in the heart of downtown Yonkers, providing a myriad of advantages including walkability, an authentic neighborhood culture, convenient access to transportation, retail, and dining.

The proposed development branded Nepperhan Commons, seeks to provide additional retail for the surrounding neighborhood; a mixture of affordable, senior and market-rate residences; and office space while closely integrating with and improving the surrounding streetscape. The mixed-use buildings are organized across the site in a way that responds the edges in terms of massing, use, and materiality.

The new office building is perched above a retail base to bring the site up to meet Nepperhan Avenue. The tower responds to the height of the adjacent City Hall buildings and provides a beacon that is visible from other areas of downtown Yonkers. The lower rise residential and retail buildings opposite the office building will redefine the street wall by responding to the surrounding building stock while still allowing for porosity into the site. A raised interior terrace is situated on top of the structured parking below providing public access as well as amenities for the residents of the buildings on site. Nepperhan Commons aims to further bolster the rich urban fabric of Yonkers while injecting new life into an underutilized surface parking lot and creating a fresh vision for a true live/work/shop mixed-use urban campus.