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Greenburgh Seeks Affordable Assisted Care Facility

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- An assisted living facility proposed for Greenburgh could include 10 single-person units of affordable housing, the developer's lawyer told the Greenburgh Town Board on Tuesday.

Greenburgh Town Board members met Tuesday morning to discuss the status of  Brightview Senior Living. Brightview operates 22 facilities from Washington D.C. to Boston. This facility, proposed for the area south of Woodfield Terrace and east of Benedict Avenue in Tarrytown, would be the first in New York.

Brightview Attorney David Steinmetz is seeking zoning changes that would allow an assisted living facility to be built in town.

"There's no provision in the Greenburgh Town Code to provide assisted living," Steinmetz said on Tuesday. "We really believe we're helping you do something for the community that you guys should have done a while ago."

The board is considering the zoning changes, which would add a definition of "independent and/or assisted living facilities" and create a special permit criteria for those facilities.

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner stressed the need for affordable options at the facility with the developer, saying it could act as a model for other communities in the future.

"I know people who live in assisted living and it's extremely expensive," Feiner said. "I think (affordable assisted living) could evolve in Westchester communities, but I think it takes one community to start it."

Steinmetz said the facility could offer 20 percent rent discounts to up to 10 moderate-income residents in the 90-unit, three-story facility.

In addition, he said, the company could offer six-month rental discounts of $500 to $1,000 for residents who move into the building within 30 days of opening.

Some board members were concerned about the proposed location of the property because construction of the landscape could create problems like flooding for nearby citizens.

"The senior population is very great in Westchester and there are needs for this. I just want to make sure we do this right," said Council member Diana Juettner.

The board will meet at the Tarrytown site on Sept. 29 to examine potential zoning and property issues and meet with the surrounding community by knocking on doors and asking citizens to address their concerns. That way, "they'll see we're going the extra mile. Maybe we can address some of the concerns before the actual hearing," Feiner said.

The board will hold the public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 10 to consider the law to amend the zoning ordinances.

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