NEW ROCHELLE. N.Y. – New Rochelle residents can now apply to live in one of 130 affordable midrise and townhouse apartments this fall during the first phase of the $60 million Heritage Homes Redevelopment Project.
“Heritage Homes is the culmination of over 15 years of blood, sweat and tears by a multitude of people that believe everyone deserves safe, affordable and decent living conditions,” said Steven Horton, executive director of the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority.
The project brings residents and the community together in the Housing Authority’s goal to revive the center part of New Rochelle after the current Robert Hartley Houses became too run down to renovate or keep, following many investments to help sustain the public housing complex, said Kenneth Plummer of Kensworth Consulting, a firm involved in marketing and publicity for the Heritage Homes project.
The first part of the three-phase Heritage Homes project at Winthrop Avenue and Brook Street will be completed by the fall under the direction of Macquesten Development LLC of Mount Vernon.
“Since we have always been a Westchester-based organization, we have been receptive to new and exciting opportunities within the county,” Macquesten leader Rella Fogliana said in a statement. “... We were attracted to the opportunity to give the residents a better housing option. We are very excited that 70 very deserving families will have the opportunity to live in dignified, but affordable housing that I’m proud to say that we had the pleasure of playing a major role in. This has been a long process and we are delighted that applications are now available.”
First preference is given to current residents of the Robert Hartley Houses. Applicants must meet income eligibility guidelines, and other factors such as credit and payment history are considered. Incomes may vary depending on how big or small a family is, Plummer said.
Residents can live in a four-story midrise building with 14 studio apartments and 36 one-bedroom apartments. Also available are 80 townhouse-style two-bedroom apartments, 54 of which are two-level duplexes. Three-bedroom units will be built during the project's second and third phases.
The studio apartments in the midrise are 450 square feet, and the one-bedroom apartments are 600 square feet. The two-bedroom townhouse apartments are 774 square feet, and the two-bedroom duplexes are 928 square feet.
Gas for cooking and heating is included in the monthly rent. Residents will pay electric bills on their own. The development will have central cooling in each unit, finished wood flooring, fire sprinklers in all spaces, large windows, bicycle parking and kitchen exhausts.
Residents in the midrise building will have laundry rooms on each floor and naturally lighted stairwells. The two-bedroom townhouse apartments will have separate entrances, on-site laundry machines and parking within sight of each apartment, Plummer said.
Applications can be downloaded or obtained by mailing housing manager Cornell Pace Inc., 542 Main St., 2nd Floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801. A self-addressed legal-sized envelope must be included with each application request so that an application can be mailed to an applicant’s address for completion. The Housing Authority also has applications available for pickup at 50 Sickles Ave. Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Families only looking, or who will qualify only for three bedrooms should not apply for the first phase.
Horton Winthrop LLC privately owns the project.