Tarrytown, Irvington Cultivate Affordable Housing

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Westchester residents attended the League of Women Voters' Affordable Housing Forum in Bedford Hills in March.
Westchester residents attended the League of Women Voters' Affordable Housing Forum in Bedford Hills in March. Photo Credit: Alex Birsh

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington and Tarrytown residents will have to wait before seeing construction of any affordable housing units under the 2009 housing settlement.

Although affordable housing units are opening in several parts of the county, no developer has brought plans for similar projects before village officials. Instead, village officials have worked to incorporate the creation of affordable housing within their zoning codes by passing versions of the county's model ordinance.

Sleepy Hollow is not included on a list of the settlement's 31 mostly-white communities eligible for affordable housing.

Tarrytown and Irvington officials say their villages have always been committed to providing affordable housing. Irvington sponsors two affordable apartment buildings at 2 Main St. and 1 S. Astor St. Tarrytown has had a moderate income housing board since 1989, and officials have required developers to build affordable housing within the village.

Tarrytown officials approved the Hudson Harbor development with the stipulation that developer National RE/sources create affordable housing on the site of the old Village Hall. National RE/sources is working to develop plans for that site, but it does not fall under the 2009 settlement because village officials approved the Hudson Harbor project before that date. Several new projects in the works in Tarrytown, such as the Jardim East Estates subdivision, would be required to build units of affordable housing if approved.

Tarrytown trustees amended the affordable housing requirement to allow off-site purchases of units to meet affordable housing guidelines.

This is the second and final story in a series about the Westchester Housing Settlement. Learn about the county-wide response in Sunday's story.

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