PORT CHESTER, NY — Westchester’s newest affordable housing development is now open, but it’s just for senior citizens ages 62 and older.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer cut the ribbon on the Sawpit Senior Apartments in Port Chester on Wednesday. The affordable housing development will provide 34 rental units available only to Westchester seniors.

“The Sawpit Senior Apartments is a perfect example of how, working cooperatively with developers, the local municipalities and the State Government, we ensure we are building affordable housing throughout Westchester County,” Latimer said at the ceremony. “This development and others like it address a critical need for our seniors, who are often burdened by rising housing costs.”

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The four-story residential building features a community room, fitness center, patio, deck and on-site parking. It is located within walking distance of downtown Port Chester shopping, restaurants and the Capitol Theatre. The Metro-North train station, the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library and the Carver Center are also close by. The village will also provide transportation to the senior center where recreation activities and nutrition programs are available.

The new property for seniors was built by Lazz Development.

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“We transformed an underutilized parking lot into a state-of-the-art senior housing community, which is so critically needed today,” developer Lou Larizza said.

There are 31 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments that are all reserved as affordable housing. The typical one-bedroom apartment is 708 square feet. The two-bedroom units are roughly 853 square feet. Each apartment has a balcony and the kitchens are fully equipped with appliances.

Six of the apartments are designed specifically for people with mobility impairments and two apartments are designed for people with sensory or hearing impairments.

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