The celebration, which was attended by city, state and county officials, marked the official opening of Phase II of the development and the groundbreaking for its third phase.
The developers, MacQuesten LLC, partnered with the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority and New York State Homes and Community Renewal organization on the a three-phase project that runs along Brook Street and Winthrop Avenue.
The Heritage Homes project will eventually include a total of 228 affordable apartments and townhouses on the former site of the Hartley Houses public housing project.
Close to 190 homes have already been built.
MacQuesten’s Joseph Apicella, managing director of MacQuesten Development, was master of ceremonies.
Rella Fogliano, president of MacQuesten Development, said she was “passionate about building quality affordable housing and being a catalyst for downtown economic development.”
The project represents “the spirit of inclusion and equity that has always defined New Rochelle and that makes us so proud of this transformational development,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.
Hartley Houses, was a 1940s five-building, high-density public housing complex that had been managed by the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority.
Hartley residents were relocated into 129 of the 130 available Phase 1 units and into 32 ot the 56 Phase II units, MacQuesten officials said.
Hartley Houses residents who do not wish to relocate into Heritage Homes units have the option to relocate to other public housing facilities, officials said.
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