Westhelp Meeting - May 1 at 1 p.m.
Westchester County Legislator Alfreda Williams has invited me to a meeting of a committee of members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators on Tuesday, May 1st at 1 PM to discuss the future of the WESTHELP property. There are two options: 1) the town could enter into an agreement with Ferncliff (an organization that provides services to the developmentally disabled community). We could receive significant revenue -- close to a million dollars a year in revenue if the County Executive and County Legislature approves that agreement.
The other option: We do not need county approval to use the property for affordable housing. If the Ferncliff proposal is not approved, the Town Board has decided to ask the Greenburgh Housing Authority to manage the property for us and to convert the units into affordable housing opportunities. The town would receive much less revenue from the Housing Authority if the property is used for affordable housing.
A meeting was held with the Greenburgh Housing Authority to discuss this option last night. I believe that the Ferncliff option is a much better fit. The developmentally disabled would benefit greatly by living in a campus surrounding. Ferncliff does a great job providing quality services to the disabled population. And- Ferncliff has been working with the town on developing the land for the disabled population for about a year. I hope the County Executive and Legislature are supportive.
Waterwheel Affordable Housing Status Update -- meeting May 1 at 9:30 AM
Is the county still interested in helping the town/ardsley convert property into affordable housing? I have invited the County Executive, Legislators and developer to a Town Board work session meeting on Tuesday, May 1st at 9:30 AM. The first topic of the agenda: the status of the waterwheel property.
The town of Greenburgh and village of Ardsley entered into an agreement to create affordable housing opportunities on town foreclosed property known as the Waterwheel. We approved the agreement in 2010. The village approved all the agreements months ago. The village of Ardsley granted all the approvals but the construction has not yet started.
We would like to discuss a timetable for construction and payments to the town.
The town is also counting on the revenue from the sale of this property.