Village of Pelham board holds final public hearings on Pelham House; residents voice concerns


Artists rendering of the lobby of Pelham House.

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees heard from representatives of Pelham House LLC and members of the community during two public hearings Tuesday.

Representatives of Pelham House LLC gave the board and community members a presentation going through the plans of the proposed Pelham House, a 6 story building that will be constructed where the current fire house and parking lot is on Fifth Avenue and the corner or Third Street. The building would have 127 residential units with approximately 5,000 square feet of street-level commercial space and 219 parking spaces. Village Hall will still be owned by the Village of Pelham, as confirmed by Mayor Chance Mullen during the meeting.

Resident Maryanne Joyce during the public hearing asked how many apartments were set aside for “work force housing.” According to Patrick Normoyle, president of Pelham House LLC, six out of the 127 units are work force housing, consisting of two studio apartments and four 1-bedroom apartments. Joyce noted that no work force housing is set aside for people with children.

Joyce followed up with a question regarding the income limits for each apartment, and was met with an answer that with an area median income (AMI) of up to 80% of Westchester’s AMI, the cost would be around $70,000 to $80,000 for one to two people.

Mullen asked what the workforce rent would be for Pelham House, and was told by Normoyle that gross housing cost with rent and utilities for a studio apartment would be around $1,500 and a 1-bedroom apartment around $1,600.

Resident Marylin Hoyt brought up the concern that “flooding in this intersection is a problem” and will continue to be a problem with Pelham House with no mitigation or no catch water basins planned, and requested that the board reconsider implementation of the planning board’s suggestion.

Pelham House would consist of 220 parking spaces, 160 being residential and 6o being for Village use, according to Pelham House representative JS Yong.

Resident Clifford Rao raised a concern about how the exterior aesthetics of the building would look from Fourth Avenue, considering that the majority of Fourth Avenue is residential houses, making Pelham House seem out of place. Lissa So, a representative of Pelham House LLC, explained that certain ground floor apartments have individual entrances to mock a residential environment, and explained the implementation of numerous leveled bays and terraces to make the building more dimensional.

The board will accept written comments until August 5.