Editor's Note: The following was release was submitted Tom Staudter, press secretary for the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
White Plains, NY—The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) advanced a significant affordable housing plan yesterday when the authorization for a finance agreement to assist the City of White Plains and the developer was approved by the BOL’s Government Operations Committee, chaired by Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining).
The authorization approved yesterday, when passed by the full BOL and signed by the County Executive, will allow the County to enter into an agreement with the City of White Plains and Winbrook Phase I GP, LLC, the developer involved in the project, to finance infrastructure improvements in support of a 104-unit development to be known as Winbrook Phase I.
This project actually involves the redevelopment of the Winbrook Public Housing Complex, originally built in 1949 and located at the southeast corner of Quarropas Street and South Lexington Avenue.
Currently, the plan is to construct 103 fair and affordable housing units, plus one set aside for a superintendent, in a single ten-story building along with 23 parking spaces. Once the new development has been completed, eligible tenants from the existing buildings can move into the new units and the appropriate older buildings will be demolished.
Infrastructure improvements for the redevelopment totaling $1,140,000 will come from the County’s Capital Project Housing Implementation Fund, and will finance sewer and main replacements, curbing, paving, parking, lighting, grading, landscaping and ancillary work related to the project.
“While it’s important to continue our efforts in increasing the number of new affordable housing units in Westchester, my colleagues on the Board of Legislators also know that existing housing stock along these lines, used by seniors, veterans and young professionals, is aging and needs ongoing attention and care,” said Borgia. “Here, a developer has stepped up to help partner with the County in maintaining a number of units in White Plains, and this is the kind of collaboration that deserves our encouragement and support.”
New construction of the 104 affordable housing in the Winbrook Phase I development will include 34 one bedroom units, 44 two bedroom units, 25 three bedroom units and a two bedroom unit for the superintendent.
The units to be constructed in the Winbrook development, however, will not go toward the total necessary to satisfy the County’s obligation for new affordable housing units to be built under the terms of the housing settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
James E. Johnson, Esq., the federal monitor of the housing settlement with HUD, will be providing an update, as will County Attorney Robert Meehan, at a BOL Committee of the Whole meeting tomorrow at 9 AM. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the BOL conference room on the 8th floor of the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains.