New York Construction Report staff writer
Southern Land Company has announced the start of construction on Juliette, a luxury apartment complex with 177 units in White Plains.
The $100 million project includes constructing Juliette as well as providing financial support for the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester.
Named after former White Plains resident Olivia Juliette Hooker, the first African American woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, Juliette will include 177 luxury rental units.
“The site of this development has an important, storied past. It was home to the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester facilities since 1928—facilities that eventually required costly repairs to remain operational,” Tim Downey, founder and CEO of SLC wrote on social media following the June 24 ground-breaking.
“We knew if we were going to purchase the land, we were going to become true partners of the YMCA and help them secure a new home so they could continue to serve the community.”
Previously, the YMCA was housed in a building that required expensive upkeep at 250 Mamaroneck Avenue. The YMCA has moved to 148 Hamilton Avenue in White Plains where it will continue to serve the community through a multi-year agreement with SLC.
The new, larger facility to White Plains will ensure the YMCA continues serving the community through a multi-year agreement with SLC.
SLC and the local YMCA’s ongoing partnership was established in 2019 and has proven to be fruitful for both groups.
“The YMCA was approached by several developers looking to make much needed renovations to a building that has been a part of the downtown community since 1928,” said YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester President and CEO Cynthia Delfino.
“When Southern Land Company presented us with their plans for the building and a promise to support the YMCA financially through the transition process, we knew it was the best choice for us and the community. We are excited by how this collaborative effort will propel the YMCA forward in its ‘Y Without Walls’ mission.”
At the start of the process of exploring other financially prudent locations and facilities for the YMCA, the YMCA and SLC proactively enlisted the expertise of the Housing Action Council to secure new places of residence for tenants who were occupying the building. Through these efforts, residents were reconnected with family members or matched with facilities equipped to meet their individual needs.
“I commend the YMCA and Southern Land Company’s foresight in bringing the Housing Action Council on board to provide assistance to the building’s residents in finding alternative living arrangements,” said Housing Action Council Executive Director Rosemarie Noonan. “Thanks to their due diligence, all residents were advised and matched with housing options best suited for their lifestyles.”
The Juliette will include a courtyard area featuring a pool, spa, garden terrace, BBQ grill, outdoor fireplace, lounging area, and bicycle storage as well as a pet spa, a bicycle repair shop/work studio, a resident lounge, and a meeting space.
The downtown White Plains location is close to shopping, schools, healthcare facilities, and recreational sites. The apartment neighbourhood will have access to Grand Central Terminal, JFK, La Guardia, and Newark airports, as well as two Metro-North stations, the Bee-Line, major roads, and the Westchester County Airport.
“This project will provide needed housing in the downtown and add to the vitality of the area by supporting small businesses, restaurants, and retail,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. “Southern Land Company will be paying more than $3 million to the City’s affordable housing fund and more than $500,000 to our Parks and Recreation fund as part of the project. They have been a community partner from the beginning of the project and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”