youNO Crestwood LLC, located at 445 W. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich, wants to build a 150-unit apartment complex on a site on the Yonkers-Tuckahoe border. The approximately 2.87 acre property is located at 21 Scarsdale Road and currently has two buildings. The tallest building has three stories and was built in 1916. The other building was built in the late 1800s.
The plan is to add a two story addition to the existing main building. This would create a five-story, 75,175 square foot building with 90 apartments. A new four-story, 67,945 square foot building with 60 apartments would be built on top of an existing surface parking lot. The additional building on the property would be used for resident amenities.
UNO Crestwood LLC is located at the same address in Greenwich as developer National Resources and a person listed on an environmental document as “project contact” is Lynne Ward, executive vice president of National Resources.
A document filed with the Westchester County Clerk’s Office shows UNO Crestwood LLC purchased the property on March 23, 2022 from 21 Scarsdale Road Realty LLC for $10 million. The seller’s address was in the care of Simone Development Companies in the Bronx.
21 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers. Photo via Google Maps.
The property was formerly owned by Sterling National Bank and was used as headquarters and administrative offices until early 2020. In 2020 Simone Healthcare Development proposed to convert the old Sterling building into a medical office building. As part of the conversion of the existing offices into a medical facility, Simone proposed to build a new three-storey accessory parking structure.
The property is located in East Yonkers at the intersection of Scarsdale Avenue and Yonkers Avenue, bordering the village of Tuckahoe. Current zoning allows industrial use as well as commercial, retail, restaurant and similar uses, but does not allow residences. The developer is seeking a zoning change to allow apartments.
The mix of apartment units would be 59 studios with an average size of 500 square feet; 74 one-bedroom units averaging 650 square feet; and 17 two-bedroom units averaging 900 square feet. The developer says the Small Medium Units are designed for singles and young professionals between the ages of 25 and 45.
“For this group, there is a shortage of affordable and attractive housing in urban areas, close to public transport,” according to the promoter.
The proposal provides for the creation of 154 parking spaces.
A traffic study revealed that the adjacent road network will have sufficient capacity to handle the traffic generated by the project and will not significantly affect traffic operations during peak hours.
Architectural firm Perkins Eastman prepared a conceptual architectural package for the proposal. The developer said the style of the proposed development is inspired by the original architecture of buildings dating from the early 1900s when the Hodgman Rubber Company operated in the area. Perkins Eastman said the new construction would use fiber cement siding with aluminum windows and metal copings. The original three floors of the main building would receive new operable aluminum windows, the existing brick would be cleaned, and the existing plaster facade would be painted.
“It is intended that this design, although slightly modernized, would remain as is to continue in the tradition of classic loft-style buildings in this area to blend seamlessly into the context of the neighborhood,” the developer said. “Existing zoning for surrounding buildings allows up to five stories, which the proposed project design respects to fit the context of the buildings and adjoining surrounding land.”
The proponent points out that there are no real neighbors near the site “as it is bounded by the Bronx River as well as a buffer zone between the site and the Bronx River Parkway. This should minimize any impact on neighbors in relation to the proposed residential use.
The developer describes this part of Yonkers and Tuckahoe as having an industrial heritage but having changed dramatically in recent decades.
“The neighborhood in the area is predominantly suburban with a mix of garden apartments, single family homes, single story retail with apartments above,” the developer explains. “The Tuckahoe Station District area is consistent with other station areas in the Hudson River Valley such as Bronxville, Crestwood and Hawthorne, which are capable of supporting ground retail with residences above. above. The typical retail store is a small footprint with a mix of tenants that are primarily restaurants and “mom and pop” stores and service businesses. Most of these restaurants and shops have two or three residential floors above.
Yonkers City Council has issued a notice of intent to declare itself the lead environmental review agency for the project.