Carolyn FortinoSep 8, 2017, 12:31 pmSep 9, 2017, 7:13 am

10 affordable housing units unveiled in Armonk

Westchester affordable housing settlement requires county to integrate units into wealthiest communities

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Ten two-bedroom duplexes boasting new hardwood floors and a backyard patio were unveiled at the Armonk Commons.

"For families who couldn't afford to live in Armonk, this gives them the opportunity to do that. Great amenities, great school district,” says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. “This is what we do, and we'll continue to do it whether we have a settlement or not."

The affordable units are located on Old Route 22 in Armonk amongst more than 850 units the county is developing throughout Westchester in accordance with the affordable housing settlement from 2009. The settlement with the federal government required the county integrate the units into the county's wealthiest communities.

"The fights we had with the government were about things that they were demanding that we do. Or that they wanted to control, planning and development. So that's why we drew the line,” says Astorino. But it had nothing to do with developing the housing, that's what we've always done anyway."

Six of the homes have already been sold and four are in the sale process. The units range from $208,000 to $218,000 and are available to families whose combined income range from $71,000 to $80,000.

"When you build an affordable housing unit and the people move in, that's when you really see the joy. They never thought they could ever own a home," says President of Lazz Development Lou Larizza.

Information and applications for the new units available in Westchester can now be found on westchestergov.com/homeseeker.

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