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Petition in Mamaroneck village opposes Hunter Tier affordable housing proposal

MAMARONECK VILLAGE — A petition that opposes proposed affordable housing redevelopment of a Prospect Avenue municipal parking space has greater than 1,650 signatures.

The parking space, referred to as Hunter Tier car parking zone and storage, is near downtown Mamaroneck Avenue’s lineup of eating places and shops. Village officers final 12 months sought plans to create affordable housing at Hunter Tier, attracting two competing proposals. One, from nonprofit Westhab, would construct six flooring with 77 affordable-housing flats. The different, by a three way partnership of BRP Development Partners and Hyperion Group, could be six flooring of 187 items.

A sign opposing the construction of affordable housing on the site of the Hunter Tier parking lot on Prospect Ave. in Mamaroneck, in front of an apartment building next to the parking garage, photographed April 29, 2024. A petition is circulating in the village to stop the conversion of the garage into affordable housing.A sign opposing the construction of affordable housing on the site of the Hunter Tier parking lot on Prospect Ave. in Mamaroneck, in front of an apartment building next to the parking garage, photographed April 29, 2024. A petition is circulating in the village to stop the conversion of the garage into affordable housing.

An indication opposing the development of affordable housing on the positioning of the Hunter Tier car parking zone on Prospect Ave. in Mamaroneck, in entrance of an condo constructing subsequent to the parking storage, photographed April 29, 2024. A petition is circulating in the village to cease the conversion of the storage into affordable housing.

But the petition, posted on Change.org., asserts doing extra to cope with residents’ longstanding flooding issues. The petition additionally said, amongst different issues, that:

  • Fire division and emergency medical providers have considerations about sources to deal with extra residents and that the housing’s proposed location may have an effect on emergency providers entry.

  • The redevelopment would cut back parking for village residents and patrons of downtown companies.

  • Schools are over capability.

  • Traffic is congested now and “will come to a standstill” if the redevelopment is allowed.

A rendering of a proposal by WestHab for a Prospect Avenue site for affordable housing in Mamaroneck village. It is one of two development teams' proposals for affordability on the site.A rendering of a proposal by WestHab for a Prospect Avenue site for affordable housing in Mamaroneck village. It is one of two development teams' proposals for affordability on the site.

A rendering of a proposal by WestHab for a Prospect Avenue web site for affordable housing in Mamaroneck village. It is considered one of two improvement groups’ proposals for affordability on the positioning.

A 17-page village Planning Department-issued report in February mentioned there’s extreme affordable-housing want in this 3.2-square-mile village of practically 20,000 residents. The report mentioned incomes can’t reel in rising rents and 2023’s village median single-family home bought for $1.08 million. An estimated $373,842 family earnings could be wanted for that house.

Resident incomes elevated about 15% since 1990, adjusting for inflation, however rents soared 90% in the identical interval. Median village family earnings in 2022 was $121,672, in line with Census. Forty-seven % of households in 2022 had been lease burdened, the Planning Department report mentioned, and 39% of homebuyers had been value burdened.

The Hunter Tier parking garage on Prospect Ave. in Mamaroneck, photographed April 29, 2024. A petition is circulating in the village to stop the conversion of the garage into affordable housing.The Hunter Tier parking garage on Prospect Ave. in Mamaroneck, photographed April 29, 2024. A petition is circulating in the village to stop the conversion of the garage into affordable housing.

The Hunter Tier parking storage on Prospect Ave. in Mamaroneck, photographed April 29, 2024. A petition is circulating in the village to cease the conversion of the storage into affordable housing.

But the petition says the affordable housing wouldn’t be earmarked for village residents. Rather, it states, the housing could be obtainable by lottery to folks all through Westchester who meet family earnings limits, and open to folks residing in 9 different counties and New York City.

Learn extra: Mamaroneck village residents are ‘rent’ and ‘cost’ burdened. What that means

‘How can we maintain folks in their properties?’

Whether Hunter Tier strikes ahead or doesn’t, Village Mayor Sharon Torres mentioned there are a variety of issues for the village to have a look at concerning affordable housing.

“One way is how do you keep people in their homes who have been here for generations, but now their taxes are so high or they flood so often that insurance won’t cover it.” Torres said. “How do you keep it affordable for them to be able to stay here when the cost of housing is going so high and then your tax rates are based on the value of your home.

“How do we keep down those taxes?”

Another query, Torres mentioned, is how does the village take a look at each improvement that comes in and guarantee they’ve some portion of affordable items, “and not just one here or there but a number of them.”

Torres mentioned the Board of Trustees listened to the neighborhood, slowed down issues concerning Hunter Tier, realized extra data was wanted, and that there have been issues proposed that differ from what was understood a 12 months earlier. “Probably at some point this year we are going to look at whether or not this is a good idea for the village,” she mentioned of Hunter Tier.

Torres mentioned flooding continues to have an effect on a lot of folks in the village, and sustaining parking is essential downtown — the present Hunter Tier parking is well-used. She considered the folks whose properties have flooded many instances, who’ve had not simply water however sewage as a result of every thing backed up, and who dipped into retirement cash as a result of insurance coverage will not cowl such occasions.

Public assembly on Hunter Tier scheduled

Village officers will maintain a May 22 public assembly about Hunter Tier — the 2 builders will current affordable housing proposals — after which a May 23 panel will reply questions the general public has requested. Torres mentioned officers plan to convey on a advisor to have a look at the village’s affordable housing points.

Hunter Tier is only one proposal, Torres mentioned, and whereas there are opinions on both facet of the problem, “there’s a lot of us more in the middle who just want facts.”

Town of Mamaroneck broadcasts funding for affordable housing

Meanwhile, in the city of Mamaroneck — 14 sq. miles, with a separate authorities from Mamaroneck village, which is considered one of two villages throughout the city — a Wednesday information convention by County Executive George Latimer introduced $3 million in county cash for affordable housing. No particulars associated to the place that housing would go or any particular initiatives had been launched.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer, along with county and Town of Mamaroneck officials talk about $3 million that the county has earmarked in its budget for the town to build affordable housing. Latimer and the officials spoke at Mamaroneck Town Hall May 1, 2024.Westchester County Executive George Latimer, along with county and Town of Mamaroneck officials talk about $3 million that the county has earmarked in its budget for the town to build affordable housing. Latimer and the officials spoke at Mamaroneck Town Hall May 1, 2024.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer, together with county and Town of Mamaroneck officers discuss $3 million that the county has earmarked in its price range for the city to construct affordable housing. Latimer and the officers spoke at Mamaroneck Town Hall May 1, 2024.

“In Mamaroneck, we are committed to helping the town fill this critical need, which will create more housing at a price point all people can afford,” Latimer mentioned.

The cash introduced by Latimer, who’s difficult U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman in a Congressional Democratic major, comes after Bowman was in the town of Mamaroneck in April to focus on plans for a brand new site visitors roundabout for which Bowman secured $2 million in federal cash.

Michael McKinney covers development and improvement in Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley for the Journal News/lohud.com and USA Today Network.

This article initially appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Mamaroneck NY affordable housing conversion from lot, garage opposed

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