Heritage Homes, City of New Rochelle break ground for $1.1 million park

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of construction on a $1.1 million public playground and park in the city of New Rochelle in Westchester County.

Heritage Park will be easily accessible to residents of Heritage Homes, the adjacent 288-unit affordable housing development. The project supports the economic development efforts underway in New Rochelle through the city’s selection as a winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the Mid-Hudson Region.

The city of New Rochelle was awarded $343,000 through the governor’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative to construct a new playground and park at 51 Winthrop Ave.

When complete, Heritage Park will offer new public space with amenities such as a playground, basketball court, game tables, grass lawn areas, shade trees, and seating.

Heritage Park is being constructed adjacent to the state-financed Heritage Homes affordable housing development, which replaced the outdated public housing development known as the Hartley Houses. Constructed in three phases, Heritage Homes offers 288 apartments and townhouses for households earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income. The park will be accessible to residents as well as the broader community.

The award is being administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal.  Additional financing is being provided by the city of New Rochelle in the amount of $207,000 ($157,000 in capital funds and $50,000 in CDBG) as a match. MacQuesten, the developer for Heritage Homes, is providing the balance of funding to complete the project.

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