City and county officials started work in 2013 on the proposal for senior affordable housing at the Theodore Fremd property owned by Westchester County, Mayor Doug French explained in his Patch blog year-end roundup.
Planned are two buildings at the comer of Theodore Fremd Avenue and North Street with 54 units of affordable housing restricted to those over age 55. The 44 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units would count towards Rye’s contribution to the 750 units of fair and affordable housing Westchester County is obligated to provide to settle the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's fair housing suit.
As the Planning Board pointed out when it recommended the needed zoning change to the City Council last month, "the City of Rye is not a partner in the construction, property ownership or administration of the affordable housing units. Westchester County is the property owner and [Lazz Development/Pawling Holdings] is the County’s preferred developer for the property."