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Hearing Set For Rye Brook Affordable Housing

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – A public hearing was set for another affordable housing unit in Rye Brook on the border or Port Chester, the Rye Brook Board of Trustees announced Monday night.

An application was filed a year ago by Frank Madonna, owner of 80 Bowman Avenue to create 16 units of apartments on the lot. The proposal calls for eight one-bedroom rentals and eight two-bedroom units for ownership. The Board of Trustees will eventually vote on the application, but first a public hearing will be held on Oct. 30.

The village planning board deemed the previous soil testing on the site to be insufficient, according to Madonna. A more extensive examination is planned that includes water testing. Madonna told the board of trustees that all testing results will be returned to the village within two weeks.

Mayor Joan Feinstein said another outstanding issue with the site is a request from the village’s Emergency Services Task Force to cut the sidewalk back further to allow for emergency vehicular traffic to move through. Madonna said he was not in agreement with the village.

“We feel there is no parking on that side of the street now, it’s always free,” said Madonna. “In the event of an emergency, people do what they have to do it’s not like they’re being blocked completely from the site.” He added, “It’s a big expense and it’s kind of a tight budget on this job – it’s affordable housing.” Madonna said he has been in touch with Westchester County affordable housing officials to try to get more funding for the project.

“My thought on this is hopefully you will be able to work with us on that,” said Trustee Paul Rosenberg. Village Clerk Christopher Bradbury “has told us it will be incredibly tight to get a fire apparatus through on that street given the width of the street.”

Fair and Affordable Housing has become a major project for Rye Brook after a settlement between Westchester County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandated that certain municipalities must increase the number of affordable housing units by 2017. Another proposed affordable housing project on Ellendale Avenue in Rye Brook got the go-ahead in August after months of debate.

A concurrent application has also been made to rezone the property to be made a “floating zone.”  The village passed legislation in December that approves the creation of a floating zone within the village, subject to the board’s discretion. It allows for the village to waive dimensional zoning requirements of a particular village zone to comply with the requirements of fair and affordable housing applicants.

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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