Croton-on-Hudson receives Planning Achievement Award

The village of Croton-on-Hudson received a Planning Achievement Award from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation during their 50th annual awards program, held on Thursday, May 30. The award was presented in recognition of Maple Commons’ affordable housing development in the village.

Maple Commons will feature 33 affordable residential rental apartments across two buildings that cater to a wide range of incomes. The project consists of a mix of one-, two- and three-room apartments.

The design of the development supports an improved walkable and livable neighborhood, creating connections to nearby shops and green space. The Maple Commons site is across the street from the Van Wyck Shopping Center and is on Beeline bus routes 10 and 14.

Maple Commons will also have a new pocket park on the south side of the property for community and residential use. This park includes tiered flower gardens, park benches and a stone walkway. There will also be an on-site playground for use by families living in Maple Commons.

The Croton-on-Hudson Village Board began selling the village-owned parcel on Maple Street (formerly known as the Katz Property and 41-51 Maple Street) after updating the Municipal Place Gateway zoning ordinance. Following a Request for Proposals (RFP), Regan Development Corporation was selected as the site’s designated developer. The Village sold the parcel to Regan for $2 million.

“I thank the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation for recognizing housing progress in Croton-on-Hudson. Maple Commons is the first new affordable housing in the village since 2009. I believe it is the first of a new cohort of quality affordable housing in our community,” said Brian PugMayor of Croton-on-Hudson said: “I am especially encouraged that Maple Commons was not the only affordable housing to receive a WMPF award this year. Croton-on-Hudson is part of a movement of municipalities addressing the housing shortage.”

“Affordable housing is an important factor that contributes to a balanced and well-functioning province and, in turn, its communities and neighborhoods. Our provincial government is committed to creating opportunities for affordable housing and assisting our local municipalities in the development process,” the spokesperson said George Latimer, Westchester County Executive, “Congratulations to Croton-on-Hudson on the Planning Achievement Award. Westchester County is proud to have supported this award-winning project and, most importantly, to meet the critical need for new homes for local families.”

Nance Shatzkin, president of the Croton Housing Network, said: “My decades of involvement in housing issues have taught me how incredibly complex and time-consuming it is to build anything. The Croton Housing Network is pleased and proud of its partnership at Maple Commons. That the extraordinary efforts of so many are recognized with this Planning Achievement Award is the icing on the cake. I would like to thank the mayor and the executive board for making this fantastic achievement possible.”

“The Building Trades are proud to be part of this award-winning affordable housing development,” said Jeff Loughlin, president of the Westchester Putnam Building and Construction Trades Council, “Maple Commons created both new affordable housing and union jobs. We look forward to continuing to build housing supply for the working class of our communities.”

Maple Commons received funding from the New York State Division of Homes & Community Renewal and Westchester County. Construction began in 2023. A housing lottery was held for applicants on May 3, 2024. The move is expected to begin in June.

For more information, contact the Village Manager’s office at 914-271-4848.