EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The oft-discussed Kensington Road condominium project in Bronxville has hit yet another snag, after a White Plains fair housing not-for-profit organization filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the village is attempting to discourage families with school-aged children from moving there.
Westchester Residential Opportunities Inc. filed a lawsuit last week alleging developers working on the 54-unit complex is using zoning codes and laws to block families with children.
Village officials previously announced the condos would be marketed toward empty nesters, but have never openly discouraged families. Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin opted not to comment on the pending lawsuit.
“Bronxville and its developer have deliberately set out to design and market new condominiums to defer families with children from moving into the village,” WRO Executive Director Geoffrey Anderson said in a statement.
According to the lawsuit, WRO is alleging the developers of the Kensington Road project intentionally are constructing residences with limited bedrooms, and the development features no child-friendly amenities.
The Kensington Road project has been constantly in flux since the village bought the property nearly three decades ago. The original plan called for a conversion of the space to a parking lot, but the Department of Environmental Conservation found the soil was heavily contaminated.
This marks the third time a developer has attempted to renovate the space. The previous developer, WCI, was heavily invested in a collapsing Florida real estate market that forced it to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy before ground was even broken.
As part of the project, developers had to remove more than 20,000 square feet of contaminants from the soil over several months. The cleaning process is expected to have cost as much as $10 million, at no cost to taxpayers.
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