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Carpet Mills Arts District Promotes Arts In Yonkers

Mayor Mike Spano announced the renaming of the Alexander Smith Carpet Mills.
Mayor Mike Spano announced the renaming of the Alexander Smith Carpet Mills. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. --  The Alexander Smith Carpet Mills will be renamed the Carpet Mills Arts District, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Yonkers Arts Weekend.

The Carpet Mills Owners’ Coalition wants to use the re-branding to promote the arts within the community, as well as enhance the area to draw in new businesses, tenants and patrons.

For the first time, owners representing more than 1.5 million square feet of the historic Carpet Mills have partnered with the City of Yonkers to create an arts district.

The first phase will involve the placement of approximately 45 banners, creative lighting, infrastructure improvements and other branding efforts around the perimeter of the property (Nepperhan Avenue/Axminster Street/Saw Mill River Road/Lake Avenue) to delineate the Carpet Mills as a unique arts destination.

A subsequent phase will involve certain zoning allowances to make the Arts District a regional destination for cultural tourism. At the heart of the new Arts District is a massive 170,000 square foot historic, multi-tenant loft building at 500 Nepperhan Ave. in Yonkers, owned by the Rose family.

Randolph Rose and his family played an influential role in the re-branding of the Smith Mills. The Rose family owns three Yonkers-based businesses: FEA Home, RJ Rose Realty, and The Randolph Rose Collection.

To view renderings of the new Arts District, click here .

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