Astorino Celebrates Opening of Armonk Commons

Ribbon cuttingSept. 8, 2017 - Joined by community leaders, housing advocates and executives from Lazz Development, County Executive Robert P. Astorino today celebrated the opening of Armonk Commons, a townhouse development made up of 10 affordable units located in the Town of North Castle.

The two-bedroom duplexes are on Old Route 22 in Armonk and are near public transportation, major roadways, day care, houses of worship, retail and employment opportunities -- and are part of the Byram Hill School District. The homes are among nearly 850 units that the county is developing throughout Westchester in accordance with the 2009 housing settlement.

“The county continues to work cooperatively with developers, local municipalities and New York State to ensure we are building affordable housing throughout Westchester,” said Astorino. “These units are the latest to be counted toward the agreement with federal government and show we are committed to delivering on this critical need.”

To date, six homes have been sold and are occupied while another four are in the sale process. The final sales prices, after all subsidies, are between $208,000 and 218,000 and are affordable to families whose income is at 80 percent of the Westchester County Area Median Income, which for 2017 is $71,360 for a two-person household and $80,240 for a three-person household. The homes will remain affordable for 50 years.

The county contributed $1.7 million through its affordable housing funds, which included $250,000 for the Town of North Castle to make infrastructure improvements and construct sidewalks connecting the homes to downtown Armonk.

“The Town of North Castle is pleased with the addition of home ownership, affordable units to our community,” said Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro. “The improvements along the Old Route 22 corridor have been a collaborative effort between the county, the town and the state and I am happy to see it all coming together.”

In his remarks, Lou Larizza, president of Lazz Development, a Port Chester-based affordable housing developer, lauded the hard work and efforts of all of the parties involved to make this development a reality.

“For 25 years, we’ve been building affordable housing in Westchester County, and we’re pleased to be standing here today for this ribbon-cutting with the people who helped make it possible,” Larizza said. “It’s truly a team effort, and one we are proud to be a part of.”

Armonk affordable homesInformation and applications for new units throughout Westchester are available on the county’s Homeseeker Web site, where interested families can view the information, download the application, and sign up to receive information on additional properties and open houses.

The county’s housing marketing consultant, the Housing Action Council (HAC), is handling the marketing.

For more information on homes being built, information sessions and the income guidelines for affordable housing, visit Westchester County HomeseekerOpportunities or contact the Housing Action Council by e-mail at , or by phone at (914)-332-4144.

Top Photo Caption: Front row from left: Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro, Lou Larizza, president of Lazz Development, County Executive Robert Astorino, Michael Martino of Martino Real Estate, and Westchester County Deputy Commissioner of Planning Norma Drummond. Back row, from left: Deputy Supervisor Stephen D’Angelo, Town Board member Barbara DiGiacinto, North Castle Director of Planning Adam Kaufman, Town Board member Barry Reiter and Town Board member José Berra.