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Assisted Living Facility Proposed in Greenburgh

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A new company has stepped forward to construct an assisted living facility on Old White Plains Road near the new Stop & Shop supermarket.

Brightview Senior Living, which owns and operates 22 facilities from Washington D.C. to Boston but none currently in New York, outlined its plans to the Greenburgh Town Board to build 90 residential service units in a three-story, 70,000-square-foot structure on 5 acres known as the "Dr. K" property.

Several years ago Sunrise Senior Living received a positive declaration from the Greenburgh Planning Board for a similar development on the same site but was stymied by the downturn in the economy.

"This site is crying out for some sort of development," Brightview attorney David Steinmetz said.

The average age of residents at Brightview communities is in the low 80s. Residents are provided with 24-hour care, three meals a day, entertainment and activities and transportation. Twenty-four of the 90 units would be dedicated to patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Depending on the level of needs and services, residents at Brightview pay an average of about $60,000 annually.

Supervisor Paul Feiner suggested Brightview consider making the facility "affordable" and a model for other communities.

"I like the concept. Assisted living is really great but a lot of people just can't afford it," he said. "It would be great if Greenburgh could be a model for the county and the region."

Brightview would be developing about half of the 5 acres and the rest would be dedicated as open space. The site currently generates about $38,000 in property taxes. Brightview would pay between $300,000 and $350,000.

The town board would be the lead agency for the project and rezoning authorization is required. "We believe this is all consistent with your comprehensive plan," Steinmetz said, noting approximately 4,000 aging residents in the area could benefit from the facility.

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