By PHIL NOBILE
An update on a massive facility overhaul for PepsiCo’s Purchase headquarters was given to town officials and residents last month as the company continues its planned project dating back to 2012.
At the Feb. 25 Planning Board meeting, the company updated board members on its recent progress, showing renderings and specs for a visitor’s center on its 700 Anderson Hill Road campus. According to PepsiCo’s attorney Frank McCullough, the demolition and cleanup portions of the project are done after construction began in early 2013. The company hopes to begin work on the visitor’s center within the next two months.
The center was already included in early iterations of the company’s plans, and the rendering shown at the meeting was a temporary view of what the final result may be, according to PepsiCo communications spokesman Jeff Dahncke.
Dahncke added, the project is “proceeding as planned” and a special exception use permit may be required in the future regarding the visitor’s center, although nothing is official at this point. No further details or design renderings were provided as of press time.
In October 2012, the company announced plans to stay in Purchase and invest $243 million for redevelopment of its Westchester headquarters after four decades of “minimal updating,” according to the company.
According to county officials at the time, more than 1,000 local jobs would be preserved as a result, and 1,250 construction jobs would be created during the renovation process on the 420,000-square-foot facility.
The plans for renovation also call for PepsiCo’s old energy expenditures to get numerous updates. A 22 percent decrease in overall energy use, 57 percent less water usage, and 22 percent fewer
greenhouse gas emissions are all called for thanks to the energy standard set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a national program that determines possible environmentally-friendly modifications for buildings.
PepsiCo struck a deal with the county’s Industrial Development Agency, forming a public-private partnership with the department in 2012. For PepsiCo to stay, the county offered construction incentives such as a 7.35 percent sales tax exemption for specific purchases like construction equipment and supplies during the entirety of the construction process.
Tax exemptions for Purchase-area companies are the norm in Westchester County. In December 2013, MasterCard’s headquarters at 2000 Purchase St. announced plans for renovations on its 475,000-square-foot facility. A $1.3 million sales tax exemption was given to the credit card giant for the life of the project. IDA Executive Director Jim Coleman described the benefits of the company remaining in the area as “far outweighing” the tax exemption given.