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Nanuet Main Street - Now is the time

Now that Simon Properties has revealed its plans for a new "Main Street Mall" in Nanuet, it is time for the landlords and retailers on Nanuet's real Main Street to step up and take center stage.

 

Okay Nanuet businesses, listen up! As you know, Simon Properties will soon tear down the Nanuet Mall to build a new, quaint "Main Street" mall... but hang on, we have a Main Street with shops! But almost no one shops there. Why is that? Let's face it, Nanuet's Main Street looks awful. It's dirty, falling apart; a collection of unappealing stores seemingly without support or plans for improvement. It seems to have been abandoned long ago by the landlords who own the properties. And while the new street lamps are nice, they had virtually no impact on the overall look.

LANDLORDS – you have a golden opportunity to take advantage of the coming shopping boon! This would be the time to make an investment in your property! If you don't have the money, energy or inclination, sell it to an investor with vision who would probably be happy to snap it up and make a windfall!  If you're staying, meet with the other landlords, lay out a plan for improvement and prepare a joint RFP to save money and benefit from the ultimate "Main Street makeover!"

RETAILERS - this is your responsibility too! Walk outside and look at your storefront, your sign, your windows… are they attractive and appealing to the eye, or are they cluttered with tacky signs, tattered awnings and old, dusty items? Is your shop a turn off because it is in dire need of a paint job or because of a general lack of upkeep? The bottom line IS the bottom line, if you want more business; make your store appealing to those driving by. And consider the fact that Simon Properties, Alex Gromack and the Town of Clarkstown will be doing the advertising and marketing for you! They will be promoting the great shopping at the Main Street Mall in Nanuet and most people have to drive past your stores to get there! You only need an attractive store front so people driving down the REAL NANUET MAIN STREET, say, "Hey, this is cute! Let's shop here!"

This is a HUGE opportunity for Nanuet to benefit and finally live up to its potential of becoming a lovely little town for shopping and living. Nanuet has been distinguished as one of the best places to live and is located in the second safest town in America. We deserve a nicer Main Street. Now is the time.


Risa B. Hoag is president of GMG Public Relations in Nanuet, a lifetime Nanuet resident, a member of the Orange & Rockland Community Investment Committee and a former Vice President of the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce.

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Scott Walters January 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The only issue I have is the way that Simon has consistantly lied to us and has been basically unapproachable throughout this whole process. Sure, they do the window dresing and all, but I am of the opinion that they will indeed demolish the center section, take away anything of value, and then declare the project undoable becuase Sears and Macy's will not upgrade their facilities. Simon doesn't need the Nanuet property to help their bottom line, as evidenced by the neglect they have put into it over the last 4 years or so. They are doing fine with their facilities in White Plains, Hackensack, SHort Hills and Woodbury.
Helene McCauley January 24, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Risa well said. Nanuet's Main Street has a lot of potential. As a resident of Nanuet I would welcome the alternative to shopping at a mall - shopping on Main.
BenRound January 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Scott Walters.........total buzz kill.
Watchdog January 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Good idea Risa. The Town missed the boat by not placing the utilities underground but the store owners could do more perhaps a loan program developed at a local bank for refurbishing the stores? Worth approaching a bank like Provident that cares about the community. Parking will always be an issue.
Risa Hoag January 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I could honestly live with the wires and and utilities if the store fronts and strip centers drew your eye away from them! Right now the whole thing is an eye sore, except for perhaps Jimmy's on Main. He has done a nice job of trying to be upscale and carve out a little section for himself. But people really need to look at the torn awnings, the plastic signs that are just thrown up over older signs on awnings, the broken bricks, the useless and ridiculous things in people's windows. It's a mess. It is uninviting and unappealing. It will take a group effort of those who want to increase their bottom line and make an investment. I think the idea of a community bank to back it is brilliant. Look at how quickly the community came together to rebuild Highview Park!? That's the effort that is required but the landlords MUST buy into this both mentally and fiscally. This really is a gold opportunity for them to take advantage of the influx of people, shoppers, money and marketing efforts that will be created by Simon and by Clarkstown. It would be foolish to not take advantage of it.
Watchdog January 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Greater Hudson Bank may also be interested in a loan program for downtown Nanuet . Kenneth Torsoe is the major shareholder of that bank and also owns neighboring Normandy Village whose property values could increase in a more thriving and pleasing to the eye local shopping area.
Risa Hoag January 26, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Do you know Kenneth Torsoe? Can we get him involved?
Watchdog January 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Risa, talk to the NYSBDC and they will help you with details of what is needed to put together loan package that would be suitable for a project like this. Basicaly, SBA loan guarantees of up to 75% would be provided which would make it attractive for the banks. These types of loans may also qualify for CRA(Community Reinvestment Act) benefits for the banks. Visit Provident and Greater Hudson and ask for their SBA or Small Businness Loan officer. It would be better if you had an expression of interest from the local businesses first.
Risa Hoag January 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Hi Watchdog, your last sentence is where I was going to start my response. If I thought there was sincere interest and desire on the part of the landlords and the business owners I would consider getting involved. This would need "buy in" from a lot of people. I don't know if those individuals read Patch. Perhaps there could be a coalition of people and we could even pursue a getting a BID (Business Improvement District) in place. But again, my interest is useless if the folks who have the most to gain do not want to do anything. I suppose a plan could start as follows: 1) schedule a brainstorming meaning to discuss the possibilities 2) get in touch with all the landlords via phone, email, whatever works 3) get in touch with all the retailers the same way 4) put out the word through publicity and invite Nanuet residents to put in their two cents 5) set up an online survey for people to respond and put in their ideas 6) Invite bankers, Clarkstown representatives, etc. to attend. 7) Take notes, publish results, form a committee to move forward, set a timeline 8) Make a upgrade plan, get funding, move forward 9) constantly monitor progress 10) Be proud of our town! Anyone else want to get involved? :)
Jimmy Fay January 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Sounds interesting....
Watchdog January 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The property owners and shopkeepers have to get the ball rolling
Kim Tran (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Great idea. I know a good example is Jimmy's On Main. There's a big pole and wires right in front, but his yellow awning and outdoor patio looks great and I think it does a good job of diverting eyes away from that eyesore of a pole
Risa Hoag January 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Who knows the property owners to get them involved?
Scott Walters January 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM
In what way am I total buzz kill...tell me something from my post that isn't true...and why are hiding behind an alias???
Scott Walters January 30, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Risa is correct in her assessment that the Main street needs to be redone. This is an obvious capitla improvement which will help everyone. We can overcome the inadequacies of Simon and turn it around, but the property owners need to be on board. You wonder where the so called 'improvement money' from a few years ago wasn't misdirected...but that's govt. for you. This is soemthign thatmust come from the priavte sector. And as for Jummy's on Main...a good example of what TO do.
Ben Ball January 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Simon doesn't own Short Hills, buzz kill.
Ben Ball January 31, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Spell check, buzz kill.
Scott Walters February 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I don['t think spellcheck is impportant when the message is. Relax...Mr. Ball....
Laurel Ursino April 06, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Risa I enjoyed the first meeting of the potentiall new Nanuet Chamber of Commerce held at the library last Monday. Since I have a birds eye view of the mall being torn down and am on the corner at Middletown Road, these are exciting times. Nanuet has the potential to do great things - parades, restaurant events, etc....and I look forward to the next meeting.
Kim Tran (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Thanks! The next meeting is set for April 23, Monday, at 7 p.m. at the Nanuet Library. Please spread the word and tell the businesses you frequent to please come.
Risa Hoag November 10, 2013 at 07:43 AM
It's been a while since this was updated. So we now have a Nanuet Chamber of Commerce and I am currently the president. We are working hard to make a difference. We need your help. Please join the chamber. Consider attending our Fun Networking Expo to raise money for High School Scholarships. It's this Wednesday 11/13 from 5 - 8pm at the Comfort Inn. $20 at the door gets your great food, great gift cards and coupons from the local businesses showcasing and a chance to win fabulous raffles. And I can tell you our latest plan to spruce up Main Street!!! But you have to come Wednesday. Tell your friends and fill the room and then look for me when you arrive! Let's prove Nanuet is the greatest little hamlet and we have the motivation to move it forward! www.nanuetchamber.com

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