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State Rejects Ferncliff Manor Proposal

Ferncliff Manor, based in Yonkers, was looking at Westchester County properties, including Greenburgh, for its new facility.
Ferncliff Manor, based in Yonkers, was looking at Westchester County properties, including Greenburgh, for its new facility. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

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.