Rye Brook's Hilton Westchester May Add Senior Living

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A preliminary drawing of the proposed senior assisted living and memory care facilities that would be built at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook. Photo Credit: VBH Engineering

RYE BROOK, N.Y. --  The Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook is considering adding an assisted living and memory care facility on its property.

The development is in the very early stages at this point, but would likely be two structures. One would be a three- or four-story building with 100 units of assisted living residences, and the other would be a two-story building with 25 units of memory care residences.

The buildings would be placed on the Hilton Westchester property where overflow parking is now located. About 200 parking spaces would be removed, and placed in various other locations around the hotel property.

Frank McCullough, a lawyer for the owners of the Hilton Westchester, said that the original idea was to build upscale senior condominiums on the site. After market research was conducted, it was found that the idea was not very marketable, but that there was a desire for senior care facilities.

"First, it's a use that brings tax revenue to the community with no burden on the school system. Second, it provides a housing need in the community that is growing as our population ages," McCullough said. He added that the building's location would minimize the impact on residents who live near the Hilton. "The building is located toward Westchester Avenue, and has no effect on the neighbors on Lincoln Avenue or any other surrounding neighbors."

The building has not yet been designed or gone through zoning procedures yet, but McCullough said that the next step would likely be an environmental impact study. A partner has not yet been selected to provide the memory care and assisted living services to residents. 

Preliminary sketches for the outside of the building have been drawn up by VHB Engineering of White Plains. John Saccardi of VHB said the facility could include amenities such as a pool, library, card room and meal facilities. 

The location of the facility right next to the hotel also makes it an attractive site for a senior facility.

"It would be a unique situation in a county that the children and grandchildren of the persons living  in assisted living and memory care would have a place to stay," Saccardi said. "They could come up for a day or weekend, stay overnight, use the hotel and take advantage of that amenity."

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