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Acadia’s Cortlandt Crossing - October 2016

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 21st for the Cortlandt Crossing Shopping Center to be located on Route 6 in Cortlandt, New York. Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi welcomed the new center, noting in an announcement that “it will provide more jobs, [and] additional revenue for the town, school district and the County.” Acadia Realty Trust’s 130,000 square foot center will house a ShopRite supermarket and nine other retail stores. Divney Tung Schwalbe is providing approval process, site engineering and landscape architectural services for the project. For more, click here.

Pace University Elm Hall - October 2016
The opening of Elm Hall and adjoining central green was officially marked by a ribbon cutting on October 6th on the Pleasantville campus. The 96,000 square foot upperclassmen residence hall includes a mix of semi-suite and full-suite living options, student lounges, classrooms, and the University’s IT data center. The trees, pathways and gathering spaces in the landscaped green provide a central focus for the flanking residence halls, Kessel Student Center and Goldstein Fitness Center and the greater campus. Divney Tung Schwalbe has provided approval process, site engineering, landscape architectural and project management services for the planning and implementation of the Pace Pleasantville Master Plan beginning in 2009. For more, click here.

Phelps Hospital Entrance and Lobby - June 2016
A celebration marking the opening of the new entrance lobby and drop-off area and unveiling of the Phelps Hospital/Northwell Health sign was held on Monday June 27th at the hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Guests at the ceremony included David Rockefeller, whose family has supported local healthcare institutions for 125 years and was instrumental in the founding of Phelps Memorial Hospital in 1956. DTS has provided planning, approval process, site engineering and landscape architectural services for this and other projects on the Phelps campus since 2000. For more, click here.

Edge-On-Hudson - March 2016
A long-awaited groundbreaking was held on May 18th at the former General Motors assembly plant site in Sleepy Hollow, New York for Edge-On-Hudson. Village and County officials described the extensive planning process, beginning before the plant’s 1996 closure, that set the groundwork for the Edge-On-Hudson mixed-use community to be constructed along the shoreline of the Hudson River. The program will include 1,177 residential units, 135,000 square feet of retail space, 30,000 square feet of office, a 140-room hotel, and an extensive network of open space improvements, including a waterfront promenade. The first phase of construction will include 306 residences, comprised of townhomes, condominiums and rental apartments, of which 61 units will qualify as affordable units. DTS has been providing planning, site engineering and landscape architectural services for the project since 2000. For more, click here.

The Prelude - March 2016
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on March 10th to celebrate the official opening of The Prelude, a 103-unit affordable apartment building in White Plains, New York. Planned as the first phase of a complete transformation and revitalization of the White Plains Housing Authority’s 9.6-acre campus to be known as Brookfield Commons, The Prelude houses a 13,500 square-foot community education and training center on its ground floor. Sustainability components of the plan include green roofs, rain gardens, high-performance mechanical systems, and other energy and water-conserving measures. DTS provided planning, engineering and landscape architectural services for the campus master plan as well as The Prelude project. For more, click here.

Chappaqua Crossing - March 2016
A groundbreaking and demolition ceremony was held on March 1st at Chappaqua Crossing, to mark the beginning of its transformation from the former Reader’s Digest corporate office to a new multi-faceted campus in Chappaqua, New York comprised of retail, office and residential uses in a landscaped setting. The first phase of the project will include a 120,000 square foot retail area anchored by Whole Foods Market and Lifetime Fitness, as well as the redevelopment of the original Reader’s Digest building into affordable, workforce and market-rate apartments. DTS has provided planning, approvals, engineering and landscape architectural services for Chappaqua Crossing since 2005. For more, click here.

Pace Law Leadership Award to Andrew Tung - February 2015

At its 20th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on February 26th, Pace Law School honored DTS partner Andrew Tung, Pace Law School, Class of 1995, as well as the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York. Dean David Yassky noted: Our alumni honoree, Andrew Tung, exemplifies a Pace Law education put into practice. As a partner in the multidisciplinary planning firm of Divney Tung Schwalbe, LLP, he is among Westchester’s leading land use specialists. Distinctively, Andy’s projects advance not just his clients’ commercial interests, but also the development of the communities in which they are located, and indeed of the entire region. By demonstrating that respect for genuine community needs goes hand-in-hand with a successful practice, Andy’s career is a model for our students. We are also deeply grateful for Andy’s longstanding involvement with the Land Use Law Center, where his guidance has proven invaluable, and for Andy’s work as the principal-in-charge for the master plan improvements at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. For photos of the Awards Dinner, click here.

Edge-On-Hudson Launches - December 2014
Lighthouse Landing Venture, a joint venture between SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors, acquired 68 acres of the former General Motors assembly plant site in Sleepy Hollow, New York on December 23rd. The mixed-use Edge-On-Hudson development will include 1,177 multi-family residential units, 135,000 square feet of retail space, 35,000 square feet of offices and a 140-room hotel, bounded by 13-acres of waterfront open space. “Westchester County is so supply-constrained that this a very unique opportunity to develop anything of scale,” noted Frank Cappello, president of SunCal’s eastern region. For more on the launch of Edge-On-Hudson, click here.

The Prelude Breaks Ground - April 2014
The White Plains Housing Authority broke ground on April 11 for its new $42 million mixed use affordable housing community located at South Lexington Avenue and Quarropas Street in downtown White Plains. To be known as The Prelude, the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Winbrook Campus will contain 104 new affordable apartments and a 13,500 square foot community center. Working closely with the WPHA project team including developer Jonathan Rose Companies and Dattner Architects, DTS has provided planning and engineering services for the campus master plan and continuing engineering and landscape architectural services for The Prelude. For more on the Prelude and the White Plains Housing Authority, click here.

Life Time Fitness Harrison Grand Opening - February 2014
Life Time Fitness opened the doors to its new facility in Harrison on Thursday February 6, 2014 to some of the 3,000 people who have already signed up for memberships. The 206,000-square foot fitness, recreation and spa athletic resort is the company’s second location in New York and employs more than 250 people. DTS provided site engineering, landscape architectural, environmental approvals, and construction services for the project, which replaced the former Gannett newspaper offices and plant on the site. For more on LTF’s first Westchester facility, click here.

Pace University Groundbreaking - October 2013
State, County, and local leaders joined with the Pace University community on October 23 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus and break ground on the first phase of a plan to transform and revitalize the 200-acre site. The project will enable Pace to consolidate functions that are now split between campuses in Pleasantville and Briarcliff. The first phase of the project will include the creation of two new residential buildings, expansion of the student center, the relocation of the environmental center, and construction of athletic facilities necessary to replace those being vacated in Briarcliff. Improvements to the infrastructure, more open green space, and improving pedestrian accessibility are also part of the planned enhancements. DTS is providing ongoing planning, environmental approval, site engineering, and landscape architectural services for the university. For the latest Pace Master Plan construction updates, click here.

Long Dock Park SITES certification – August 2013
Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park was awarded a three-star rating for its sustainable site design, construction and maintenance program by SITES, an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create a voluntary, national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes of all types, with or without buildings. Certification was based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Benchmarks 2009. DTS provided site engineering services for the 14-acre waterfront park along the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. For more on the Long Dock and SITES, click here.

DTS Goes Native at WCC - June 2013
The DTS planning and planting crews are at it again – this May 16th the main entrance of the Gateway Center at the Westchester Community College received a complete landscape makeover comprised of a full complement of native trees, shrubs and groundcover. With landscape plans prepared by Donna Maiello and Samantha Kepke and coordinated with WCC Native Plant Center Director Carol Capobianco, all DTS hands were on deck – or rather in the dirt – working shovel-by-shovel with the WCC Physical Operations staff to transform the west entry of the Gateway Center into a blooming advertisement for the Native Plant Center. Said Director Capobianco, “A week before Christmas we met for the first time to discuss a potential “do-it-in-a-day” landscape project at WCC.


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Now, just five months later—almost to the day—the front of the Gateway building has been transformed from a sorry-looking site to a sight to behold. What a day it was today! Thank you for your vision, support, cooperation, and spirit, illustrating that collaboration and team work lead to success.” For more information on the Native Plant Center, click here and for the Gateway Center, click here.

Sustainable Sites at Yale - May 2013
DTS Partner Andrew Tung recently completed his first semester teaching a course on Sustainable Sites at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Utilizing the Sustainable Sites Initiative (“SITES”) pilot program as a framework, the course provided an introduction to the different processes and players involved in planning, creating and managing sustainable sites. Students had an opportunity to also hear presentations from ecologists, engineers, landscape architects, site managers and others describing how they address sustainability issues in their practices and projects. For information on the Yale School of F&ES, click here.

Green Innovation Grant for Sarah Neuman - Apr 2013
DTS has been part of the project team working with the Sarah Neuman Center in Westchester on its proposed campus improvement plan in Mamaroneck, New York. As part of that work, DTS assisted Sarah Newman Center in obtaining a $480,000 grant to implement green stormwater management practices (including pervious pavement, two green walls and a green roof) as an integral part of that plan. This Green Innovation Grant was awarded under the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) program. DTS prepared the stormwater management feasibility study for both the initial application and the final approval by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation. Click here for more information on the green measures planned for the Sarah Neuman Center.

Life Time Fitness Breaks Ground - Oct 2012
Life Time Fitness began work on its new Harrison, New York facility with a groundbreaking ceremony that featured the commencement of demolition activities at the former Journal News building on Gannett Drive. DTS is providing site engineering, landscape architecture, approval process and construction services for the project, which is expected to be completed by Spring 2014. “We are excited about our expansion in the New York market and the opportunity to bring our unique, family-oriented healthy way of life destination to the Harrison community,” said Jeff Zwiefel, LTF executive vice president and chief of operations. With 105 facilities throughout North America, the Harrison branch of Life Time Fitness will be one of its largest, with more than 400 pieces of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tennis center, a rock-climbing wall, a full-service spa, and a cafe. Click here for more information on Life Time Fitness and to track construction status.

Guiding Eyes for the BlindJune 2012
Guiding Eyes for the Blind partnered with DTS in a project to completely renovate and enhance the exterior landscape of the school’s White Plains Training Center.  The firm’s staff and partners contributed the design plans, plants, mulch and muscle to create an inviting and welcoming entrance to the Center.  Sue Dishart, Guiding Eyes Vice President of Marketing and Development said, “We are so proud of the work we do at Guiding Eyes.  Thanks to the tremendous support from Divney Tung Schwalbe, we can now be proud of this building and its beautiful landscape.  They have truly made a difference for our clients and staff.”  For more information on Guiding Eyes for the Blind, click here.

PACE UniversityMay 2012
Westchester’s Ridge Hill and its Civil Engineer Divney Tung Schwalbe received the Empire State Award for Site Development of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Lower Hudson Valley Branch at its Annual Awards Dinner on May 10th.  Ridge Hill is a 1.3 million square feet mixed-use lifestyle center that recently opened on an 84-acre site in Yonkers, New York. DTS’s engineering responsibilities included 2.7 miles of public and private roads, over 10 miles of water, sanitary and stormwater lines, and nearly 5 million gallons of stormwater treatment capacity. For more information on Westchester’s Ridge Hill, click here. For more information on the Westchester / Putnam chapter of the ASCE, click here.

PACE UniversityFebruary 2012
Divney Tung Schwalbe and Westchester’s Ridge Hill was named “Project of the Year” at the Annual Engineers Week Awards Dinner on February 24, 1012 by the Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Ridge Hill is a 1.3 million square feet mixed-use lifestyle center that recently opened on an 84-acre site in Yonkers, New York. DTS’s engineering responsibilities included 2.7 miles of public and private roads, over 10 miles of water, sanitary and stormwater lines, and nearly 5 million gallons of stormwater treatment capacity. For more information on Westchester’s Ridge Hill, click here. For more information on the Westchester / Putnam chapter of the NYSSPE, click here.


December 2011
PACE University Sustainability and Development
J. Michael Divney was a panelist at the Pace Land Use Law Center’s 2011 conference which focused on “Sustainable Development in Tough Economic Times.” The day-long conference was attended by more than 200 attorneys, planners, and business and municipal leaders who explored ways to promote and proceed with sustainable development in the Hudson Valley despite daunting economic realities. For more information on the conference and the Land Use Law Center, click here.

November 2011
United Way of Westchester and Putnam It’s Not So Hard Being Green
Andrew Tung, joined by fellow LEED Accredited Professionals Armand Quadrini (ksqarchitects.com) and Patrick Lynch (olace.com), conducted a workshop on It’s Not So Hard Being Green - Sustainable Facilities Planning for Nonprofits, as a part of this fall’s United Way - Pace University Wilson Center Not-for-Profit Management Center course offerings. For more information, click here.

October 2011
Restored Wetland and Pond Serve as Outdoor Classroom
Yorktown High School DTS Partner Jerry Schwalbe and Associate Donna Maiello visited with science students and teachers at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School in Yorktown to describe the stormwater and habitat restoration project that had recently been completed just outside the school’s front door. The collaborative effort of DTS’s engineers and landscape architects included basin and stream bank stabilization, removal of invasive plants, pond dredging and shelf creation, and revegetation of wetland, buffer and pond edge areas to reduce erosion and diversify wildlife habitat. Students from various classes received a guided tour of the project, which will also serve as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory. For more information, see the Yorktown Central School District “Green Gateway” to Sustainability Education

October 2011
Ridge Hill Water System Wins Acclaim
The City of Yonkers received a Water System Advancement Award from the Westchester Water Works Conference for the water distribution system at Forest City Ratner’s Ridge Hill development in Yonkers, New York. On-site water system design and coordination was provided by Divney Tung Schwalbe. National and specialty retailers, a multiplex cinema, medical office facilities and residential buildings began to open at the 1.2 million regional mixed-use center in the summer of 2011. For more on Ridge Hill, click here.

Sustainable PlaylandSeptember 2011
Sustainable Playland Proposal Selected as Finalist 
The Westchester County Citizens Committee charged with reviewing the proposals submitted in March to “reinvent Playland Park for the 21st century” issued its detailed report and recommended Sustainable Playland’s proposal as one of three of the 12 submitted that were responsive to the RFP criteria and deserving of further review. Divney Tung Schwalbe is a member of the consultant team that helped to develop the Sustainable Playland community-based plan to restore the historical and environmental integrity of Playland Park with increased open space and access to the Long Island Sound shoreline. For the full committee report, click here. For more on Sustainable Playland and its proposal, click here.

Westchester Green Business ChallengeJune 2011
DTS recognized by Westchester Green Business Challenge
Divney Tung Schwalbe was recognized as a top participant by the Westchester Green Business Challenge at its first annual event at the Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab on June 15th. The Green Business Challenge is a friendly competition open to all businesses in Westchester County to encourage environmental sustainability in all aspects of business planning and operations. To learn more about the Challenge and to sign up your business, click here.

May 2011
Divney Tung Schwalbe Receives Inaugural "Y" Planner AwardDivney Tung Schwalbe Receives Inaugural "Y" Planner Award
At a May 3rd luncheon, Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone awarded Divney Tung Schwalbe the inaugural “Y” Planner Award for its work on the Ridge Hill Village project. 
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May 2011
DTS Staff Plans and Plants White Plains Hospital GardenDTS Staff Plans and Plants White Plains Hospital Garden
In celebration of Earth Month, Divney Tung Schwalbe contributed both the design plans and the planting muscle for a new arrival garden at the Davis Avenue entrance to White Plains Hospital. 
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May 2011
DTS at Sisters of Divine Compassion Sustainability Conference
Divney Tung Schwalbe partner Jerry Schwalbe and Associate Maria Alfaro served as tour guides for the firm’s green sitework and stormwater measures on the Good Counsel Campus in White Plains during the “Going Green: Moral Imperative and Balancing Act” conference.
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May 2011
Partner Jerry Schwalbe at Westchester/Fairfield Think Tank
Divney Tung Schwalbe partner Jerry Schwalbe participated as a panelist at the Society for Marketing Professionals (SMPS) Westchester and Construction Institute May program at the University of Connecticut in Stamford, Connecticut. 
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February 2011
Sustainable PlaylandDivney Tung Schwalbe joins Sustainable Playland
Divney Tung Schwalbe has joined the Sustainable Playland Inc. (SPI) planning team that is formulating a response to Westchester County’s RFP regarding the future of Playland Park in Rye, New York.
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WMPF

February 2011
Andrew Tung & Donna Maiello at March Land Use Training Institute
DTS Partner Andrew Tung will be presenting the site engineering components
of “Planning Board Basics” at the March 16th session of this year’s Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) Land Use Training Institute to be held at the Pace University Lubin Graduate Center in White Plains.

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Fall 2010
DTS partners spread the word about Intelligence Land Use

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White Plains Hospital
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June 2010
J. Michael Divney Named Chairman of White Plains Hospital Center Board of Directors
Well-Known White Plains Resident and Professional Engineer/Planner Has Been Long-Time Supporter of Hospital
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June 2010
WMPF
WMPF

Andrew Tung presides over WMPF annual planning awards and is elected
WMPF president

The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) held its 2010 Annual Awards Dinner on June 10th at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson restaurant to honor excellence in Westchester municipal planning efforts and Westchester volunteer planners. 
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Westchester Business Council
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April 2010
Divney Tung Schwalbe Wins Westchester’s Most Prestigious Business Award
The Business Council of Westchester Honors Divney Tung Schwalbe for Small Business Success
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April 2010
CELF- Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO
CELF CELF Divney Tung Schwalbe was an exhibitor at the recent Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO run by CELF, the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.  We were pleased to meet many of the student, teacher, administrator and parent attendees, all of whom were interested in learning about ways to make their schools greener. 
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March 2010
Astorino Names Business Leaders to Economic Advisory Council
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino appoints DTS Partner Andrew Tung to County Economic Advisory Council
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March 2010
White Plains Sustainability & Environmental Enhancement Committee
DTS Partner Michael Divney has been named a Steering Committee member of the White Plains Sustainability & Environmental Committee (SEEC), which is being chaired by City Councilman Dennis Power.  SEEC’s mission is “to improve the environmental footprint of White Plains in a realistic and thoughtful manner to sustain a quality of life which is responsible, cost-effective and healthy.”  The committee will “strive for a balance of what can be achieved now and what can be planned for when fiscal realities improve” to promote conservation and sustainability in areas such as Energy, Waste Reduction, Transportation, Land Use and Water Management.

January 2010
Habitat for Humanity
On January 18, 2010, DTS staff joined with volunteers from schools, churches and other community groups to work at various Habitat for Humanity building sites in Westchester as a part of Martin Luther King Week.  DTS helped with interior and exterior activities at the Howard Avenue “flood house” in Mamaroneck, which is being reconstructed in a flood proof, wind proof, and “green” manner to replace a home that was extensively damaged by the April 2007 flooding of the Mamaroneck River.
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