The renown American painter Robert Zakanitch is renovating a Yonkers building he bought in the heart of the city’s downtown.
Zakanitch bought 9 Woodworth Ave. last year in February and construction there is ongoing, according to a permit posted on the building’s front entrance.
Zakanitch, who lives in New York City and whose work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is one of three famous artists that have bought property in or near downtown Yonkers in the past 16 months.
In mid-April Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced that the painter David Hammons bought 39 Lawrence St., which lies near the future South Yonkers Greenway along the Putnam Trail extending from Lawrence Street to the New York City border at Van Cortlandt Park.
In November city officials announced that they had sold the former Yonkers City Jail on Alexander Street to artist and architect Maya Lin and her husband Daniel Wolf, who will convert part of the jail into an exhibition space.
The arrival of the three artists bolsters city officials’ efforts to turn downtown Yonkers into a hub for arts, entertainment and technology jobs.
Zakanitch’s building is the former location of the Thomas McVicar roofing company. It’s a three-story, red brick building that sits on a cobblestone, dead-end street behind the Phillipse Manor Hall State Historic Site on Warburton Avenue.
Westchester County land records show that a corporation connected to Zakanitch paid $390,000 for the building in February 2013.
Zakanitch’s building is 25 feet wide and 42 feet deep with 3,450 square feet above ground and 1,050 square feet in the basement, according to a real estate listing for the building.