Changes to Downtown ArmonkSidewalk Improvements
Updated July 17, 2015
In the 1990s, $68,000 from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) was designated to improve the sidewalks on Armonk’s Main Street. Yet, the Town had negotiated with Developer Michael Fareri to complete the sidewalk of one side of the street, and the other side was completed more recently by the Armonk Square developers. So the $68,000 remained available from NYSDOT for sidewalk improvements elsewhere in the Armonk hamlet. Hence, North Castle used the DOT funds recently to improve the sidewalks in four other Armonk locations:
• Bedford Road in front of Elide Plaza
• Corner of MacDonald Avenue and Bedford Road
• A small section in front of the Hergenhan Recreation Center on Maple Avenue
• Near the Armonk Branch Library on Whippoorwill Road East Pedestrian Crossing Signals
The DOT is currently overseeing the installation of new pedestrian crossing signals at the corner of Main Street, Whippoorwill Road East and Maple Avenue. These devices will signal WALK and DON’T WALK with a timer to notify pedestrians when it is safe to cross the street. They will also replace three of the corner utility poles with taller poles. For safety measures, the sidewalk areas will be closed while the construction work is being done. When completed, the paver stones will be replaced. Affordable Housing on Old Route 22
Construction has begun by Lazz Development of ten affordable housing apartments at 22 Old Route 22. There will be ten apartments constructed in two pre-fabricated buildings on the .70-acre lot. These ten units will satisfy North Castle’s obligation for Westchester County’s requirement of affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH).
Westchester County has paid a deposit of $370,000 for the modulars. Westchester County also plans to pay an additional $450,000 towards the construction of the on-site infrastructure that includes parking lights and storm water management, said Norma Drummond, Westchester County Deputy Commissioner of Planning.
The multi-residential housing Cider Mill development, also on Old Route 22, was required to build eight North Castle middle income units. The building of these units will release the $200,000 bond provided for the Certificate of Occupancy for the completion of the last few of the 27 townhouses built in the Cider Mill complex. The obligation of the North Castle middle-income unit requirements was transferred by the Town of North Castle to fulfill the obligation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) affordable housing units.
In addition, two of the ten affordable units fulfill the AFFH requirements of the ten apartments at Armonk Square.
The property was formerly known as Crabapple Property, and before that, Smith-Cockren property. Drummond said that the property was donated to the current owner, Grasslands Terrace Housing, owned by Lou Larizza of Lazz Development. Westchester County has placed deed restictions on the peroperty in regard to the affordable housing. Crabapple Property was owned by the developers of Cider Mill and Armonk Square — Dominick Dioguardi, John Dioguardi, and Alan Zaretsky.
The estimated selling prices of the two-bedroom condominiums (if approved by the Attorney General) will be $208,000 for an inside unit, and $218,000 for an outside unit. These prices are subject to change.
Based upon the HUD guidelines, the median income of qualified buyers depends on how many people live in the household. There is a limited income of about $76,000 for a three-person household, which is the estimated number of people that would live in a two-bedroom apartment. The units will be marketed for 90 days in nine counties, including the five boroughs of New York City. The applications, which may be in the hundreds, will be processed in the order of a public lottery, said Drummond.
This new development and improvements to Old Route 22 will change the face of the area. Adam Kaufman said that the Town of North Castle advocated to Westchester County to connect the affordable housing to downtown Armonk by sidewalks. He said Westchester County has agreed to provide approximately $250,000 to North Castle for improvements to the Old Route 22 streetscape.
The affordable apartments will be located across the street from Gavi Restaurant. A new sidewalk will begin in front of the ten apartments and will continue to a crosswalk across Old Route 22, near Gavi. Then the sidewalk will meet up with an existing sidewalk that now ends near the Cider Mill complex. This sidewalk continues on to Main Street where there is a sidewalk that connects to downtown Armonk. There will also be curbed parking and new streetlamps added along Old Route 22.
In addition, Kaufman says New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which owns the former Armonk Bowl property, will construct a dozen or so public parking spaces in a new small lot of the Armonk Bowl property off of Old Route 22, near George Smith Place.
George Smith was Armonk’s Postmaster from 1957 to 1978. Smith’s childhood home was located at Smith’s Tavern on Route 22. He also lived in an old green house on the Smith-Cockren property. Smith’s house was torn down five years ago to make room for Armonk’s first affordable housing units. Comment