Yet again the Hartley House redevelopment has been granted two more changes in their site plan by the New Rochelle Planning Board. Now managed by Winthrop Housing, LLC and New Rochelle Municipal Housing their principals requested an amendment to the previously approved site plan. It was granted, despite objections raised.
The original master site plan, which was developed after a series of different proposals had been reported in the newspapers, called for two family houses and townhouses with home ownership. Now a request was made to change the home ownership units to rentals. The number of rentals rose from 198 to 228. The reason given by Steven Horton, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority, was the current dismal national situation in the housing market.
The financing had already been approved. One of the funding sources was Westchester County. According to New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth funding was put together by Steven Horton, and Rella Fogliano with the MacQuestin Development. Some public money included state mortgage and federal tax credits.