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Senior Living Building Proposed In Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A proposal to construct a 10-story, 67-unit senior living facility on Grace Terrace was presented to the Mount Vernon City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.

Planning Administrator William Long said the building would need a floating zone if it were to be built. Currently, the neighborhood is zoned for residences, but the height of the structure would require the rezoning at that location.

Council member Richard Thomas said he would not necessarily reject a senior living facility, but he wants to see more housing that would attract young families to Mount Vernon.

“In concept the economics of it could work,” Thomas said. “A floating zone is something the city can use to incite development. We’ll see if it works and if it’s a step in the right direction to start building Mount Vernon’s local economy.”

To set up a floating zone in the city code, Long said, there would need a recommendation from the Planning Department, which would have 30 days to respond to the request.

“That’s the next step in the process,” Long said. “If the Planning Department sees fit, they will issue the recommendation for a floating zone.”

Long said the department is looking at the long-term benefits of the project and how the building would fit into the city’s comprehensive plan, which is in its draft stages. He said the department would have to see how the building would advance the comprehensive plan and bring the code up to date before issuing any recommendation.

“We will make sure the City Council has the greatest amount of control about where the zone would be applied,” Long said. “One of the outcomes of the draft comprehensive plan is community input.”

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