Residents flock to brand new building in Kingsbridge
By Adam McCauley
On June 18, Sycamore Court Apartments in Kingsbridge welcomed its last new resident, closing the door on a lengthy and contentious approval, construction and occupancy process.
With the new renters settling in the building’s 63 units, attention has shifted to the 30,500-square- feet of commercial space waiting to be developed on the building’s first and second floors.
“Our goal was to mix the retail space to harmonize the building and business communities,” said Ruddy Thompson, director of sales for Sycamore Court Apartments, LLC, the company that owns the 3050 Corlear Avenue property at the corner of West 231st Street.
While Mr. Thompson wouldn’t confirm which businesses would be moving into the building, he said discussions are underway with a restaurant that would offer healthy choices.
Carl Sciacchitano, 25, who recently relocated from Manhattan, heard rumors that Duane Reade might move into the building. However, most occupants remained unknown by press time.
Mr. Thompson confirmed that a pharmacy would abut the planned restaurant space. After courting big box pharmacies, such as the rumored Duane Reade, he said an offer from a local pharmacy was a better fit.
The building’s first floor will also include a radiology center equipped with full X-ray, CAT scan, MRI and ultrasound services. The location will also house a physical therapy and orthopedic practice and pediatric facility.
The 16,000-square foot second floor will be divided between Riverdale Family Practice, a medical center operated by ColumbiaDoctors, Enzo Clinical Labs and Riverdale Audiology.
“We are trying to make a homogenous medical center ... to make it easier on the patients,” Mr. Thompson said.