YONKERS, N.Y. – A plan to convert an abandoned school lot into a bustling affordable-housing complex is moving forward in Yonkers.
PS 6 Limited Partnership, the development coalition behind the project, has submitted an investigation and suggested cleanup of the PS 6 school-building site to the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Mayor Mike Spano’s office said the two deteriorating buildings at 33 Ashburton Ave., a designated brownfield, might be demolished within the next month.
Remediation and demolition of the site is part of a plan that calls for construction of a two-building, affordable-housing complex providing 50 units of senior housing and 70 units of family low-income housing.
If approved, the plan “will not only provide quality affordable housing for low-income seniors and hard-working families, it will bring new energy to Ashburton Ave – a very busy east-west connector to the Yonkers waterfront,” Ellen Lynch, then-president and CEO of the Yonkers IDA, said in a December press release. “Demolition of the long-abandoned and dilapidated building, and the remedial clean up of the site, will provide a great boost to Yonkers' downtown renaissance and help improve the quality of the life of our residents.”
Built in 1889, the stone building that once housed PS 6 has become run-down and overgrown with weeds after it was abandoned years ago. A second wood structure, built in the 1950s, stands behind it and has also fallen victim to overgrowth.
In its Remedial Investigation Report, submitted as part of the DEC’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, the PS 6 Limited Partnership group identified a four-part plan for the 1.5 acre lot.
That draft plan includes excavation and off-site disposal of much of the soil on the site and suggests removal of a 20,000 gallon underground fuel storage tank, as well as treatment of some groundwater.
Plans for the lot are expected to be discussed at Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting. The remedial investigation report can be found online or at the Yonkers Public Library and is open for public comment.