RYE, N.Y. One affordable housing project is nearly completed in the city of Rye, but theres no indication when another project will begin under requirements determined in a settlement between Westchester County and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Construction of 22 units of affordable housing continues on Cottage Street, on the border of Rye and Port Chester. According to Christian Miller of the City Planning Department, 11 of the units are one bedroom and 11 more are two bedrooms. Lazz Development is spearheading the project.
It is nearing the end, but its still under construction, Miller said.
Fair and Affordable Housing became a project for Rye after the settlement mandated that certain municipalities must increase the number of affordable housing units by 2017.
County-level discussions are continuing, Rye City Manager Scott Pickup says. But the city already has one project that has gone through the approval process in 2009, before the FAAH settlement. We dont have a second identified project at the moment. Thats probably the next logical step, but when thats going to occur, I dont really know, said Pickup.
We have a lots of affordable rental-type facilities in town, but its always up to what meets [the countys] criteria, he said.
The income of those who qualify for affordable housing must be 80 percent of the median household income in Westchester, according to HUD guidelines.
In neighboring Rye Brook, a project on Ellendale Avenue also lies on the border of Port Chester, a location that the Village of Port Chester has indicated is not in the spirit of the affordable housing settlement. That is according to a letter sent to Rye Brook Mayor Joan Feinstein, which she discussed at a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees.
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