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Officials Set Hearing on Rye Brook Affordable Housing Project

The Village Board of Trustees will hold the public hearing on Bowridge Commons on Oct. 30.

The Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the Bowman Ave. affordable housing project on the border of Port Chester and Rye Brook on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The board voted to set the public hearing for that date at last weeks Village Board meeting.

The project will build 16 units of affordable housing called Bowridge Commons at 80 Bowman Avenue. There will be eight one-bedrooms for leasing and eight two-bedroom units for sale. View the blueprints for the development here.

Mayor Joan Feinstein explained that Madonna first brought his proposal to the village about a year and a half ago. It has been through the planning board process and approved with a few comments sent back to the Board of Trustees. The trustees voted to set the public hearing on the project for Oct. 30 at its Sept. 24 meeting. The board will eventually vote on the project.

Madonna submitted a concurrent application to place the property in a “floating zone,” a type of zoning created last year that allows the village to waive certain zoning requirements in order to comply with the requirements of fair and affordable housing applicants, Feinstein said during the Sept. 24 meeting.

Village officials also asked about soil testing on the site. Madonna explained that he is performing more extensive soil and water testing and that he expected to have the results back in about a week.

The Village’s Emergency Services Task Force requested that the sidewalk be cut back more to allow more space for emergency vehicles, Feinstein said, asking Madonna what he can do about that.

 “It’s a big expense and it’s kind of a tight budget on this job – it’s affordable housing,” Madonna told the council. He told the Mayor that if he can get more funding from the County he’d be happy to do the cut back.

Village Administrator Chris Bradbury said there will already be new curbing and sidewalks its just a matter of adding a little asphalt on the roadway. The board asked Madonna to do anything he could to “open it up a little bit,” because “it would be incredibly tight to get a  fire apparatus through on that street,” Trustee Paul Rosenberg said.

Madonna said he understood and would talk with the Village Administrator before the public hearing.

The Village of Rye Brook has been working closely with the county to fulfill requirements of fair and affordable housing, recently mandated in a settlement between Westchester County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over the last year. Read more on Rye Brook’s efforts to create more affordable housing here, and more on the county and HUD settlement here.  

The public hearing on 80 Bowman Avenue will be held Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Rye Brook Village Hall, 938 King Street. 

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George Datino October 03, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I am out of my house by 4:30 a.m. to make an hour drive to work. I put in a 10 to 12 hour day and then fight the traffic to get back home. With that said, I am grateful that I have a job and consider myself lucky. For many years, while my wife and I raised our 3 kids, I worked 2 jobs and put in a lot of 7 day work weeks. I worked my vacation time from my first job to work at the second. While doing this, I volunteered a lot of my time to different organizations dealing with the youth in our community. Now I am not saying this for any reason except to say that I have worked hard for what I have and yet it isn't enough. No matter what I do (short of moving away), between all the taxes (Income and Property), there just seems to be less and less left. Shame on me. I guess I am greedy and selfish in wanting to see the fruits of my labor. Now this project comes along and is being put in one of the most overcrowded and subsidized (I count paying taxes to cover the costs of overcrowded and illegal apartments as being susidized) school districts in the county. So I have to subsidize more people. I guess when they are sucking the blood out of you, what is a few drops more? This project is in the wrong part of town (already dense/diverse population) and except it being Affordable, I would probably venture to say it really wasn't what HUD had in mind for the Settlement. We can play the procedural game here but I doubt anything said at this hearing is going to change the decision.
PC Proud October 03, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Put it in the Blind Brook School District where it belongs! This is in no way what was meant by the housing settlement. It's just typical of the yuppie/liberal attitude. The only difference between this and what Rye did on Cottage St. (according to the feds in Port Chester in all but name) is the fact that the children from this will go to Port Chester Schools.
JJ October 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@PC Proud...........Well stated.

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