Bay Plaza Shopping Center
Coordinates: Bay Plaza Shopping Center is a shopping center adjacent to Co-op City, in the Bronx, New York. In addition to various department stores and shops, such as JCPenney, Staples Inc., Kmart and Old Navy, it has a multiplex movie theater, several restaurants, a fitness club, and some office space. Constructed from 1987 to 1988 by Prestige Properties, the shopping center is located between Bartow and Baychester Avenues, just outside of Sections 4 and 5 of Co-op City, on an open lot that from 1960 to 1964, was the site of Freedomland USA. The Bay Plaza Shopping Center is the largest shopping center in New York City. Since opening over 25 years ago, it has become extremely successful, the center claims to hold some of the highest performing stores on a per-square-foot basis for many national retailers.
The Mall at Bay Plaza is expansion project of Bay Plaza Shopping Center. The 780,000 ft² center will enclose a fashion mall with future stores like Macy's and over 100 specialty stores and food court. This Mall will include a 1,800-car parking garage—the first retail development of its kind in New York City in almost 40 years. The Mall at Bay Plaza is slated to open by spring 2014. The Mall at Bay Plaza will be the first enclosed anchored fashion mall opened in the New York City area in almost 40 years, the last being Queens Center in 1973. The developer hired the Los Angeles-based architectural firm Altoon & Porter Architects. Altoon and Porter has a history of building malls both nationally and internationally. They also hired Aurora Contractors, a New York-based firm as Construction Manager.
The mall, which is located at the Hutchinson River Parkway and I-95, is the first of its kind in NYC in almost four decades, and will grow what is already the city’s largest shopping center (now 1.3M SF) to approximately 2,000,000 ft² upon its spring 2014 completion. A new 160k SF, three-level Macy’s and the existing 150,000 ft² JCPenney will anchor the development, which will also have a 1,800-car parking garage. It will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,700 permanent jobs.