The effort to replace New Rochelle’s Hartley House with new affordable housing inched forward Tuesday when county legislators approved $1.2 million in funding for the project.
New Rochelle Commissioner of Development Michael Freimuth called the funding “one of the last ingredients” and said it would be applied to the cost of road construction in the project’s first phase.
If all goes to plan, the 240-unit Robert Hartley Housing Project near Lincoln Avenue will be replaced by Heritage Homes, a series of townhouse-style buildings with a total of 228 units. The first phase, which is set to cost $37 million, will provide 131 units. Freimuth said construction could begin in the fall.
The Hartley House was built more than 60 years ago and shows its age. Westchester County Legislator Sheila Marcotte said the completion of the project would “immediately improve” the quality of life of Heritage Homes residents and bring new jobs to the city.
“This project will mean that while these apartments are affordable, they are also beautiful and designed to create a connection to the rest of New Rochelle. The residents of the new Heritage Homes will be able to take pride in their neighborhood and new homes,” Marcotte said.