A county legislature committee rejected the town supervisor’s proposal to turn a vacant homeless complex into a school for the developmentally disabled and advised him to create a plan that would be allowed under the terms of the existing lease.
In a frequently contentious meeting that devolved into a shouting match afterward, members of the Westchester Board of Legislators’ Community Services Committee told Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner that the board would not amend a lease for the 108-unit former WestHELP property.
Alfreda Williams, D-Greenburgh, the committee chairwoman, said the lease allows only that the county-owned apartments be used for low- and moderate-income affordable housing. Feiner sought to amend the lease the town has with the county so Ferncliff Manor could build a residential school for the disabled on the site.
Feiner told legislators that the Ferncliff proposal would generate significantly more revenue for the town than converting the units to affordable housing.
“It’s just as important to provide good, quality services for the disabled as having good quality affordable housing,” Feiner said. “I think Ferncliff gets us the most revenue and is the best use.”
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UPDATE: Read our Tax Watchdog’s take on the meeting here.
Photos: Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner (Ricky Flores / The Journal News); the former WestHELP homeless complex in Valhalla.