Effort to Build Affordable Housing for Volunteer First Responders Stalled

In an effort to provide affordable housing to volunteer first responders, optimize the use of Village-owned land and revitalize Maple Avenue with owner-occupied homes, the Mount Kisco Village Board established an affordable housing committee led by Deputy Mayor Peter DiChiara

The goal was to build townhouses on Maple Avenue. The plan was to give first priority to volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps members with next priority to teachers in the Bedford Central School District and other Mount Kisco residents. This project was to provide housing to our volunteer responders and to transform Maple Avenue into a more vibrant street with homeowners that cared about Mount Kisco.

The plan has stalled because certain members of the Village Board believe that Mount Kisco can make more money by selling the property to developers that will build two-family homes, similar to those already existing on Maple Avenue, instead of selling the land for the development of affordable housing.

Maple Avenue, unfortunately, will continue to be a source of crime (Father-Son Robbery Shows Need for Development on Maple Avenue) and fires (Injured Firemen Recovering from Maple Avenue Fire) until something is done to transform the street. Building affordable housing for first responders was a first step.

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