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Developer Proposes 200 Luxury Apartments In North Castle

North Castle Supervisor Michael Schiliro and the Town Board has received a proposal to build 200 luxury apartments off Old Orchard Street.
North Castle Supervisor Michael Schiliro and the Town Board has received a proposal to build 200 luxury apartments off Old Orchard Street. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

ARMONK, N.Y. -- A New Jersey developer is proposing to build a 200-unit luxury apartment complex on a portion of the St. Christopher’s property in North Castle.

According to a letter sent to North Castle Supervisor Michael Schiliro earlier this month, developers are asking the town to re-zone as multi-family 22 acres of the nonprofit organization’s Jennie Clarkson Campus at 1700 Old Orchard St.

As it stands now, the zoning would allow the building of 11 single-family homes.

Armonk attorney Anthony F. Veneziano, who is representing the developers, JMF Properties LLC, said the project -- to be called The Vue -- will consist of a mix of 40 percent one-bedroom rental units and 60 percent two-bedroom units.

Ten percent of those will be “affordable” units, Veneziano told the town.

The project will have 400 parking spaces.

St. Christopher’s, which is based in Dobbs Ferry, runs a residential school for special-needs children at its 36-acre property.

The campus, which occupies about 14 of those acres, will remain and the rest will be developed, Veneziano’s petition said.

The land is bordered by the Cranberry Lake Preserve, a 190-acre county park, on the south; by a BOCES campus and private homes on its east side; the Kensico Reservoir to the west; and woodlands.

Veneziano’s clients are arguing that the project means more tax revenues for North Castle and would provide a “haven for millennials,” which means they could afford to stay in the area and help “support existing office and business communities."

According to a report by The Examiner News, the Town Board formally recognized the re-zoning request at its July 13 meeting and has declared its intentions to act as the lead agency in the environmental review process.

It has to wait 30 days to see if anyone challenges its status in the case. Afterwards, the environmental review process can began, The Examiner News reported.

Neighbors have expressed concerns about the project’s impact on traffic on Route 22, which connects to Old Orchard Street, and education officials are wondering how many children it will contribute to local schools, The Examiner News article said.

To read The Examiner News article, click here.

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