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Verni Brothers Start Rehab of Mamaroneck Train Station

John Verni and Chris Verni, brothers and partners in Verco Properties, LLC, began their renovation of the old Mamaroneck Train Station with a formal groundbreaking on Thursday, April 22. The brothers bought the dilapidated building for $1.25 million from the MTA in 2008 and will now begin transforming the structure into space for retail, professional offices and a restaurant.

Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum and a number of the trustees were among those gathered to celebrate the start of the project.

The developers gathered with local officials on April 22 to celebrate the start of the Mamaroneck Train Station renovation.

According to the developers, the Richardsonian Romanesque style station was originally constructed in 1888 and later moved in 1927 when the train tracks were elevated. In recent years, commuters have been buying their tickets from electronic vending machines and waiting for trains  on the platform, after the MTA ceased operating and maintaining facilities in the building. Meanwhile, the building has falling into disrepair – both inside and out.

The Mamaroneck Train Station was originally built in 1888.

The Verni brothers indicated they have hired a Westchester firm noted for work  in historical restoration, Stephen Tilly Architects.

Chris Verni lives in Larchmont, is a former Village of Larchmont Trustee and a current member of the Larchmont Planning Board.

“Mamaroneck is a wonderful community – there are a lot of great parts to it, “ he said. “This kind of development could serve as a springboard for vibrancy in that part of the village.”

The station house overlooks Columbus Park and is across from new, upscale condominiums. It is also a short block from the central business district on Mamaroneck Avenue.

Chris (left) and John Verni purchased the Mamaroneck Train Station from the MTA for development as a restaurant, offices and retail space.

“We are excited to begin the rebirth of this important community asset,” said John Verni, who lives in New Rochelle and practices law with the White Plains firm of Kent, Hazzard, Wilson, Conroy, Verni & Freeman, LLP.

Chris Verni noted that approval process took a while – as did finding the right contractors. “We want to be sure we do it right,” he said. The local land use boards recommended a number of changes, including some “green” features that were incorporated into the plans.

At this point, “the economy is looking good – and this is a great opportunity,” said Chris Verni.

The renovation will take around six months. Once complete, the new station will be the new home for Verco Properties, now based in New York City. Chris and John Verni are the third generation in charge of the real estate investment, redevelopment and management company.

Chris Verni said buying the station was more than just a financial decision. “We did it as much for business as for a neat thing to do,” he said.

The Verni brothers will not, however, be operating the restaurant that will be housed in the station house. “As my wife can attest, I barely know how to make scrambled eggs,” said Chris Verni.

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3 comments to Verni Brothers Start Rehab of Mamaroneck Train Station

  • robert

    The Village for many years has looked forward to this sort of transformation of the railroad station. It will be an important addition to the life of the community. I wish the development team good luck.

  • Cathy

    Thank you to the Verni Bros. for taking on this gargantuan task! This beautiful building is often the first thing people see as they visit MamKay for the first time via the train. I, for one, will be first on line to patronize any business that calls the “Train Station” home. Fingers crossed that their project progresses at a swift pace!

  • bobo

    Most people coming on MNR from the South will still see the Town House first. I hope they do a good job, and can’t wait to try the restaurant.