Proposed Rye Brook Housing Development Moves Forward

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This stretch of Bowman Avenue in Rye Brook, which was used as a gravel mine for many years, could become a housing development. Photo Credit: John Meyer Consulting

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- A proposed housing development on Bowman Avenue in Rye Brook that could bring a new dog park to the village is moving forward after years of waiting.

The land was used for many years as a gravel mine, and was first proposed as a restaurant back in 1994, and over the years changed to a housing development. The residential project was proposed by Kip Konigsberg of K&M Realty Group in 2007. The original project was supposed to be a 10-unit residential development, and received approval by the village's Planning Board and Board of Trustees. After the economic downturn, the project's density was increased to 18 units, and went through the planning and review process again before being approved in January.

Konigsberg was ready to get to work, but after consulting with market analysts, he was told that it would be more beneficial to go with the ten unit development that was originally approved. Konigsberg said that there are essentially no changes to the plan from what was originally approved.

The proposed development would consist of ten single-family attached buildings on a four-acre property. Konigsberg said that he had originally wanted to build an affordable housing development, with about 20 units. He said that the county decided not to move ahead with making it an affordable housing project because census lines showed that incomes in the area did not help it qualify.

"I'm hoping that all ten are workforce housing, and that everyone who's working can afford to buy one," Konigsberg said.

The project could also see the development of a dog park for the entire village. Part of the original plan called for Konigsberg to turn a portion of the land on the property into a passive park, and the Board of Trustees has requested that land be designated as a fenced-in dog park. The dog park would need to undergo full environmental review and approval before being built.

The site plan change has been reviewed by Planning Board, which recommended it for approval and the Board of Trustees has set a public hearing on the project for its Jan. 28 meeting.

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