SCARSDALE, N.Y – With pressure around the county to build more affordable housing in many towns, the Village of Scarsdale acknowledged that, while it is not forced to build such properties, it is aware of the need for them and has a plan in place.
Scarsdale recently adopted an ordinance adding a portion to the zoning code that requires 10 percent of any multifamily housing developments to be deemed affordable by Westchester County standards, said Village Planner Elizabeth Marrinan.
“There was a guideline set by a court case that says municipalities should take into consideration the regional need for housing at all different prices,” she said. “So while there’s no requirement, there’s sort of a basis in law and good planning to provide for affordable housing.”
Several projects are in the planning phase and are going before various village boards. One project on Weaver Street is before the Zoning Board. This 11-unit development would feature one affordable home.
Another development is proposed for an assisted-living facility that would have four affordable units. According to Marrinan, those projects are “sort of squeaking along.”