Yonkers Mayor tabs McLaren’s Grogg for River Park Center TV broadcast

McLaren Site/Civil Division Chief Steven L. Grogg has delivered his Saw Mill River Daylighting presentation at least twice, each time in front of a room full of people.

And now he’ll get to present again, but this time for a different audience: the viewing public.

As Project Manager for McLaren’s involvement in the City of Yonkers’ River Park Center project, Grogg has established himself as a notable spokesperson for this major redevelopment initiative. He has publicly discussed the initiative’s first phase – modifying and “daylighting” the Saw Mill River, which is one of McLaren’s main project roles – on several occasions and now, at Mayor Philip Amicone’s request, will do so on TV.

Grogg presented at the Westchester at Work Breakfast on May 6, after which Amicone asked to have Grogg’s presentation captured and broadcast. He gave a similar lecture at the Lower Hudson Valley’s ASCE meeting in February.

The River Park Center project will reinvent the heart of Yonkers. A 2 million square foot mixed-use facility is planned – with the Saw Mill River fully integrated into the landscape. The Center, on the Yonkers waterfront of the Hudson River, will feature retail, residential, hotel, office and entertainment space, anchored by a new minor-league baseball stadium.

McLaren is heavily involved with four phases: Daylighting the River, developing a site plan for the “Super Block,” structural design of over 11 proposed buildings, and vehicular and pedestrian bridge design.

The Super Block is the main project component, as it will place big-box retail tenants, restaurants, shops, a movie theater, sports club and parking garage, two 50-story high-rise residential towers, a four to five-story office building, and the new stadium within Nepperhan Avenue, New Main Street, Palisade Avenue and Elm Street.