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North Castle Leaders, Astorino Celebrate Armonk Commons Opening

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino cuts the ribbons on the county's newest affordable housing unit.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino cuts the ribbons on the county's newest affordable housing unit. Photo Credit: Westchester County Government

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Joined by community leaders, housing advocates and executives from Lazz Development on Friday, County Executive Rob Astorino celebrated the opening of Armonk Commons, a new affordable housing complex.

The two-bedroom duplexes are on Old Route 22 in Armonk and are near public transportation, major roadways, daycare, houses of worship, retail and employment opportunities -- and are part of the Byram Hill School District.

The homes are among nearly 850 units that the county is developing throughout Westchester in accordance with the 2009 housing settlement.

“The county continues to work cooperatively with developers, local municipalities, and New York State to ensure we are building affordable housing throughout Westchester,” said Astorino. “These units are the latest to be counted toward the agreement with federal government and show we are committed to delivering on this critical need.”

To date, six homes have been sold and are occupied while another four are in the sale process.

The final sales prices, after subsidies, are between $208,000 and 218,000 and are affordable to families whose income is at 80 percent of the Westchester County Area Median Income, which for 2017 is $71,360 for a two-person household and $80,240 for a three-person household. The homes will remain affordable for 50 years.

The county contributed $1.7 million through its affordable housing funds, which included $250,000 for the Town of North Castle to make infrastructure improvements and construct sidewalks connecting the homes to downtown Armonk.

In his remarks, Lou Larizza, president of Lazz Development, a Port Chester-based affordable housing developer, lauded the hard work and efforts of all of the parties involved to make this development a reality.

“For 25 years, we’ve been building affordable housing in Westchester County, and we’re pleased to be standing here today for this ribbon-cutting with the people who helped make it possible,” Larizza said.

Information and applications for new units throughout Westchester are available on the county’s Homeseeker Website, where interested families can view the information, download the application, and sign up to receive information on additional properties and open houses.

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