GREENBURGH, N.Y. Construction for a Party City in Crossroads Shopping Center on Tarrytown Road has already begun, but property owners for the Greenburgh stores say they are still experiencing leasing challenges to fill the remaining eight vacancies in the center.
After the center's A&P Supermarket filed for bankruptcy and closed in April 2011, residents said they were in need of a quick supermarket replacement.
Heyman Properties released a statement Friday that it contacted every grocery chain that has stores in the region trying to fill the void, according to a statement from Heyman Properties Executive Vice President Kathy Rorick. She said Heyman currently has one potential tenant, but will only enter an agreement if the old supermarket's space is expanded.
"We currently have a lease out to a supermarket tenant who can only take the store if we can obtain approvals to expand the former A&P space by 8,357 square feet," Rorick wrote in the statement. "Once the lease is signed we will be filing for a site plan modification and approval to construct expansion areas."
The town was in talks with a supermarket to take the place of the A&P last year, Town Supervisor Paul Feiner told The Daily Voice in January, but negotiations ended after the potential tenant wanted to expand the lot by 20,000 feet.
In addition, Rorick said, the rest of the prospective tenants who are interested in the remaining vacancies, such as the former Jembro and T-Mobile spaces, won't commit to anything until they see what tenant leases the A&P space.
Heyman Properties is trying to find tenants for eight of the center's 38 spaces that are still empty, according to Heyman Properties' website .
Party City is currently undergoing construction and will replace the Barnes & Noble bookstore that closed in May after the store could not agree to a lease extension with the property owner, a company spokesperson told The Daily Voice in January. Party City has targeted December for its grand opening, according to Rorick's statement.
Greenburgh Community Development and Conservation Commissioner Thomas Madden could not be reached for comment as to whether the board has received any notification about the former A&P building's expansion.
Rorick told The Daily Voice that she's optimistic about moving ahead with the leases.
"A year from now it's going to look quite different," she said about Crossroads.