GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The state rejected a proposal Friday by Ferncliff Manor, an organization that provides services to the mentally disabled, Supervisor Paul Feiner announced via Twiiter .
Ferncliff Manor had proposed developing the WestHELP property in Greenburgh.
In the past, Feiner said he didn't want to wait any longer to lease the site, and Yonkers-based Ferncliff, which is looking for a facility to provide schooling and housing for children with developmental disabilities, is the town's best option because it promised $500,000 to the town every year.
County legislators expressed opposition toward Ferncliff's using the six-acre site, which sits at the Knollwood Gate entrance to Westchester Community College, because it would not provide affordable housing to the public — as promised for that particular site. Ferncliff planned to knock down the existing buildings, which are 20 years old and which Mount Vernon planning consultant Richard Hyman, who oversaw a similar housing project in Mount Vernon that is still in use today, said would be a waste of a good building.