White Plains, NY – April 26, 2013 — Westchester County Board of Legislators
Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) today proposed for the County to swap properties at Austin Avenue
in Yonkers with the Morris Group, the developer, in order to provide a future
home for the developmentally disabled residents of Ferncliff Manor.
proposal by Jenkins comes after a decision earlier this month by the New York
State Office of Children & Family Services to not allow Ferncliff Manor to
build its future residence at the former WestHELP site in Greenburgh, which is
owned by the County, and where there are 108 units of housing, empty for the
past 18 months, that formerly served homeless and low-income residents.
Board of Legislators has been active all along in helping Ferncliff Manor find
a suitable piece of property on which to build, and my proposal further
underscores the commitment we made to help this worthy organization,” said
Jenkins. “If everything works out, there is no reason why Ferncliff cannot have
shovels in the ground this year.”
property that Jenkins is proposing for the swap, owned by Morrsi Group, is off
Sprain Road in Yonkers and comprised of eleven acres of undeveloped land in a
residential area, where the topography of the property includes a natural berm
rising up from Austin Avenue. The developer already has the necessary
connections to water and sewer service for the property, and has worked with
Ferncliff in the past, Jenkins noted.
per Jenkins’ proposal, the developer would receive a similar-sized property
owned by Westchester County, also on Austin Avenue, a portion which was
previously offered to Ferncliff. This swap is estimated to bring $10 million
dollars of revenue to Westchester County and Yonkers. In addition, the
developer would guarantee to build and maintain a park.
advantage of this site swap, said Jenkins, would be lowering of the height of
the proposed retail development for the property, which will please the owners
of nearby residences. “This will be big win all around—for Yonkers and
Westchester, and especially for the children being served by Ferncliff,”
remarked Jenkins. “It also offers the residents of the area around the property
a good deal of comfort knowing that their homes would not be adversely affected
by future development of the land.”