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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Greenburgh moves closer to approving 70 new low income senior housing apts

70 new units of low income housing for seniors could be built in Greenburgh on Manhattan Ave, replacing 30 apartments in poor condition. The Greenburgh Housing Authority and town are proud of our tradition supporting affordable housing.


 


 GREENBURGH TOWN BOARD APPROVES LOW 70 UNITS OF NEW  LOW INCOME SENIOR HOUSING ON MANHATTAN  AVE IN GREENBURGH TO REPLACE 30 UNITS OF SENIOR HOUSING THAT IS IN POOR CONDITION
GREENBURGH AND HOUSING AUTHORITY CONTINUING TRADITION OF SUPPORTING LOW INCOME HOUSING FOR RESIDENTS

The Greenburgh Housing Authority’s dedicated and hard working Board of Commissioners, and staffing  manage and operate a broad range of affordable housing throughout the Town. This much needed housing stock will grow significantly in connection with a Town Board approval which was granted at the Town Board meeting last week. The Town Board approved a height allowance (3rd story, 46 ft. allowance) associated with a new 70-unit low income senior housing building at 48-58 Manhattan Avenue. This building is proposed to replace an existing 30-unit complex, and is the subject of a site plan application which is before the Planning Board for a decision July 15th.  The property will stay affordable for 99 years!


The Town Board, working collaboratively with the Greenburgh Housing Authority, previously approved legislation creating a new multi-family senior housing district which was placed at the site. The project will include housing with numerous amenities designed for seniors and will include a temporary relocation plan for the duration of construction. The Town Board wishes the GHA and its partnership team continued success with its subsequent steps working with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and other governmental agencies.    I am very excited about this initiative. The seniors deserve a comfortable, clean and modern place to live. There is a great need in Westchester for more low income and affordable housing.


 The Greenburgh Housing Authority was created in 1952. The Housing Authority opened its first public housing development in 1961. This development funded by New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) was located in the Fairview section of town. In 1973, a second public housing development funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was undertaken in six separate locations. There were three sites located in the incorporated areas(villages) of the town (Elmsford, Ardsley, Tarrytown) and three sites located in the unincorporated areas(Hartsdale-2, Fairview).


 In 1009  a Fair Housing lawsuit was filed against Westchester County and resulted in a county settlement requiring almost every community in Westchester to build affordable housing within their borders. Because Greenburgh has been proactive for many decades our town was exempt from the lawsuit and was not required to do what other villages, towns and cities were required to build.



Conventional Public Housing(Location and Sites)

  • Unincorporated Greenburgh has 4 developments.

Maple Ave, Oak Street and Beech Street/State Site - 131 apartments

Manhattan Avenue/Federal Site/Senior Housing - 30 apartments--these units will be demolished and replaced with 70 modern apartments

Greenvale Circle/Federal Site - 15 apartments

North Washington Avenue/Federal Site - 15 apartments

  • Village of Tarrytown has 1 development.

Old White Plains Road/Federal Site - 15 apartments

  • Village of Elmsford has 1 development with 25 apartments.

Saw Mill River Road/Federal Site - 25 apartments

  • Village of Ardsley has 1 development.

Secor Road/Federal Site - 15 apartments

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • 120 Participating private landlords

  • Serving up to 303 families

Families in the conventional and Section 8 programs pay no more than 30% of their family’s income for rent. The rent difference is subsidized by HUD. The maximum allowable income for a family of four in conventional public housing is $$75,050 and for Section 8 it is $52,650 for a family of four.

  • Average monthly rent is $500.00.

Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor



RESOLUTION APPROVING, WITH CONDITIONS, A HEIGHT INCREASE ASSOCIATED WITH A SITE PLAN APPLICATION BY MANHATTAN AVENUE SENIOR, LLC, FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 48-58 MANHATTAN AVENUE (P.O. WHITE PLAINS) WHEREAS, on April 9, 2020, the Town of Greenburgh received an application for site plan (Planning Board approval), wetland/watercourse permit (Planning Board approval), and height increase (Town Board approval) from Manhattan Avenue Senior LLC, for a project consisting of the proposed demolition of six (6) onsite, single-story buildings containing a total of thirty (30) senior affordable housing units, and the construction of one (1) new, three (3) story multi-family dwelling containing seventy (70) units of low income senior housing, together with forty-four (44) off-street parking spaces, related infrastructure, and other amenities; and WHEREAS, the applicant applied for approval from the Town Board to permit an increase in the height of the proposed building, from 2½ stories (permitted), 30 feet (permitted) to 3 stories (proposed), 46 feet (proposed); and WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 285-22.1C(7), the maximum height of all buildings in the M-SH62 Multifamily Senior Housing District shall not exceed 2 1/2 stories and shall not exceed 30 feet, however, where topography and landscaping or other on-site or adjacent conditions provide adequate screening the Town Board may increase the maximum height to three or four stories, not exceeding 50 feet; and WHEREAS, the site is located at 48-58 Manhattan Avenue, P.O. White Plains, in the M-SH-62 Multifamily Senior Housing District, is approximately 113,839 sq. ft. (2.61 acres), and is designated on the tax assessment map of the Town of Greenburgh as Parcel ID: 7.410-228-9; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 285-53A of the Zoning Ordinance, the Planning Board shall be the approving agency where a site plan application, and all amendments to, and modifications thereof, concern property which is less than five (5) acres in area; and WHEREAS, the Application contains a Full Environmental Assessment Form together with supplemental information (the “EAF”) prepared by the Applicant, dated April 14, 2020; and WHEREAS, the project has been identified as a Type 1 Action, as SEQRA Regulation Section 617.4 “Type 1 actions” (b)(10) identifies that “any Unlisted action, that exceeds 25 percent of any threshold in this section, occurring wholly or partially within or substantially contiguous to any publicly owned or operated parkland, recreation area or designated open space, including any site on the Register of National Natural Landmarks pursuant to 36 CFR part 62 (which is incorporated by reference pursuant to section 617.17 of this Part);” and WHEREAS, the subject site is immediately adjacent to Yosemite Park, a Town of Greenburgh Park, with SEQRA Regulation Section 617.4(b)(5)(iii) stating that, construction of new residential units that meet or exceed the following thresholds: in a city, town or village having a population of 150,000 persons or less, 200 units to be connected (at the commencement of habitation) to existing community or public water and sewerage systems including sewage treatment works, constitutes a Type 1 action. WHEREAS, the proposed project is 70 units, and due to the project site abutting Yosemite Park, the Type 1 threshold is lowered to 50 units, rendering the proposed project of 70 units, a Type 1 action; and WHEREAS, on May 20, 2020 the Applicant appeared before the Planning Board at a regularly scheduled work session and presented the proposed project; and WHEREAS, on June 17, 2020 and July 1, 2020, the Planning Board held a duly noticed public hearing on the site plan application, and heard all persons interested in the subject thereof who appeared at such time and place, concerning the same; and WHEREAS, on June 9, 2020 the Applicant appeared before the Town Board at a regularly scheduled work session and presented the proposed project; and WHEREAS, on June 10, 2020 and June 24, 2020, the Town Board held a duly noticed public hearing on the height-related component of the site plan application, and heard all persons interested in the subject thereof who appeared at such time and place, concerning the same; and WHEREAS, the Town Board participated in a coordinated SEQRA review with the Planning Board as Lead Agency: ∑ Town of Greenburgh Town Board (Involved Agency) ∑ Westchester County Board of Legislators (Involved Agency)∑ Town of Greenburgh Conservation Advisory Council (Interested Agency) ∑ Greenburgh Central School District (Interested Agency) ∑ Greenburgh Housing Authority (Interested Agency) ∑ Westchester County Department of Health (Interested Agency) ∑ Westchester County Planning Department (Interested Agency) ∑ New York State Housing Finance Agency (Interested Agency) ∑ New York State Home and Community Renewal (Interested Agency) ∑ New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Interested Agency) ∑ Housing Trust Fund Corporation (Interested Agency) ∑ United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (Interested Agency); and WHEREAS, on July 1, 2020, the Planning Board rendered a Negative Declaration as part of a Coordinated SEQRA review; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh hereby approves, with conditions, an increase in building height to 3 stories (proposed), 46 feet (proposed), which will provide an added floor of long-term low-income housing for seniors, exhibiting consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and the Town’s Board’s continued support of affordable housing initiatives, and as a result of the following, which it finds will contribute to provide adequate screening and enhanced neighborhood character: ∑ preservation and enhancement of the wooded buffer that exists between the site and Interstate I-287 to the north, as depicted on the plan set, dated April 1, 2020, and last revised June 23, 2020, prepared by Patrick Neil O’Leary, P.E., and those listed in Section 1, below; and ∑ the existing Interstate I-287 sound barrier to the north of the site; and ∑ the use of facade materials and decorative trims inspired by traditional Hudson Valley townhouses with articulated facades (proposed to be brick and vinyl siding with Hardie-plank siding panels at the base) BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this approval is granted subject to compliance with the following condition: ∑ Within sixty (60) calendar days of the issuance of a Building Permit and prior to the issuance of a Demolition Permit, the Greenburgh Housing Authority, its successors and/or assigns shall file a Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions for the property and building stating that all units shall be rental units, occupancy of which will be limited to low income seniors for a period of ninety-nine (99) years following the issuance of a temporary or permanent Certificate of Occupancy (the “Restricted Period”) subject to the following restrictions: (1) the residential rental units shall be occupied only by seniors aged 62 and over whose annual household income does not exceed sixty percent (60%) of the Westchester area median income (“AMI”) for their household size (based on US Census data and as updated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development); and (2) the combined annual rental cost and tenant-paid utilities do not exceed 30% of such household income. Such Covenant shall be submitted to and approved by the Town Attorney’s office and filed with the Westchester County Clerk’s Office - Land Records Division within sixty (60) calendar days after the issuance of said Building Permit and prior to the issuance of a Demolition Permit, and filed with the appropriate Town and/or State official having jurisdiction over such documents. The income component of the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions shall remain in effect beyond the conclusion of the initial 30-year exemption so long as a tax exemption shall be offered by the Town of Greenburgh. The above covenant may not be revoked or modified without the written consent of the Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh. This provision shall not apply to a single unit set aside for occupancy by a superintendent or manager of the building.

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