New Castle approves 28 apartments to count under Westchester fair housing settlement


The New Castle Town Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to grant a special permit to allow the construction of 28 affordable apartments on Hunts Lane in Chappaqua that will help Westchester County meet its goal under the 2009 fair housing settlement.

The developer, Conifer Realty, originally proposed 36 units but the project was downsized after criticism about the height and bulk of the building on a small lot.

“The town had wanted this site developed for years and Conifer stepped forward,” said Al DelBello, the attorney for Conifer.

DelBello said the board members took into account the town’s obligation to provide affordable housing.

“They did talk about how important it was to provide people of lesser means with the opportunities that Chappaqua has to offer,” he said.

As of June 30, the county counted 122 units completed and occupied, 192 units with building permits and 394 with financing. The county must facilitate the construction of 750 affordable units under the settlement.


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