The County has informed the Village of its plan to build a 51 unit, 100% affordable housing project on the site (map below.) The original plan, approved by the Village Zoning Board of Appeals, was for 5 of those 51 housing units to be "affordable housing." Now it appears the other 46 may satisfy the obligation to build more.
Larchmont Mayor Josh Mandell has called a public hearing for Nov. 22, when the new prospective developer will present its plans.
Mandell tells theLoop, "I have no indication one way or the other as to how the public will react. We will find out Monday night."
The county must develop affordable housing in predominantly white communities under the terms of a settlement with the federal government.
Mandell issued this statement this morning. TheLoop will be updating this story throughout the process.
From the Mayor:
The Village of Larchmont has been informed by Westchester County officials of their intention to develop a site located at 2101-2105 Palmer Avenue.
Applications for development on this property came before Larchmont’s land use boards, initially in 2005, and final site plan approval for a project comprised of fifty-one (51) units was granted by the Planning Board in 2008. At the time of approval, the composition of units was understood to include five units of affordable housing.
The County has now indicated that they intend to develop this site as a 100% affordable housing project, with the anticipation that forty-six (46) of the units would be eligible to satisfy the County’s obligation under their settlement with the Federal Government. Our understanding is that officials of the County are working with Wilder Balter Partners of Elmsford, New York, as the prospective builder/developer.
While the power to approve funding for this project rests with the County, the Larchmont Village Board has a responsibility to inform residents of such developments and provide them an opportunity to ask questions. Therefore, in the interest of complete transparency, we have invited Wilder Balter Partners and representatives from the County to present their plans at a public information session to be held during the Larchmont Village Board’s monthly meeting on November 22, 2010. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the second floor Court Room, 120 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, New York.