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Affordable Housing Units Proposed for Chappaqua

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – On Tuesday, Conifer Realty, LLC will meet with the New Castle Town Board to apply for a special permit to allow the construction of a five-story affordable housing building at 54 Hunts Place in Chappaqua.

Conifer is a real estate company that specializes in the development and management of affordable housing communities. According to Alfred DelBello, an attorney for Conifer, it is the 16th largest owner of affordable houses in the nation, having developed over 200 properties and 15,000 apartment units.

Its latest proposed affordable housing building, which will be called “Chappaqua Station,” would be located west of the Metro-North train station and east of the Saw Mill River Parkway near the exit 32 northbound off-ramp.

The area was previously home to the Chappaqua Drama Club and most recently used for staging during the construction on the Route 120 bridge.

The current plan calls for a five-story residential building with 36 apartment units -- 24 one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units -- ranging from 669 to 975 square feet. The first floor would be reserved for 40 spaces of parking.

According to DelBello, Conifer is seeking a reduction in the required number of spaces from 52 to 40.

“The applicant respectfully submits that this number is appropriate based on the location of the building, and its proximity to the Chappaqua train station and the downtown area,” DelBello said in a letter to the town board.

The main lobby would be on the south side of building on the second floor, making it directly accessible from Quaker Street. The building would also contain a community room, computer stations, exercise room and laundry room.

“ As shown on the enclosed drawings , the building has been designed to be aesthetically pleasing,” DelBello said.

According to DelBello, the proposed unit would help Westchester meet the requirement of the county’s settlement order with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, which requires that 750 units of affordable housing be created in the county by 2016.

Town board members have all received copies of DelBello’s letter and the proposal, which will be presented in person on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. The project is contingent upon the grant approval from the town board.

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