PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- A company that operates assisted living facilities throughout New England is proposing building a senior assisted-living facility on Bedford Road in Pleasantville.
The facility. proposed by Benchmark Senior Living, would comprise 87 units of senior housing in a three-story building. The site would be on 3.5 acres of land next to the United Methodist Church. Benchmark has agreed to purchase the land from the church, pending approval of the project from the village.
The facility would include assisted-living units, memory care units, as well as other amenities and services such as transportation, dining, a beauty salon, room service and more. According to Bill Cook, the director of project management for Benchmark, rent would be about $7,300 per month for residents. According to an analysis conducted by Benchmark, the facility could bring in as much as $415,000 per year in tax revenue for the village.
Benchmark has engaged in a state environmental quality review assessment to determine the impact of the property on surrounding neighborhoods. During the course of the project's review process, some residents objected to aspects of the project , particularly the size and the original access point to the site on Maple Hill Road. In response to these concerns, the size of the building was scaled down from the original four story facility to a three story one, and the access point was changed from Maple Hill Road to Bedford Road.
One of the main areas of focus was on the effect the facility might have on property values of nearby homes. Benchmark hired Hudson Property Advisors to conduct an analysis of a similar senior housing facility in Rye Brook, looking at sales data and interviewing real estate brokers in the neighborhood.
"After we looked at all the analysis and data, our conclusion was that the value impact is insignificant," said Jonathan Bernz of Hudson Property Advisors.
The site where the facility would be built is currently zoned for single-family residences and would need to be rezoned to accommodate the development. The village Board of Trustees will vote at its meeting Monday night, Jan. 13, on whether or not the proposed development poses a significant impact on the environment.
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