Village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe has written a letter backing grant funding efforts being pursued by MatriArch Development which has proposed a retail/ apartment rental building at 101 Wolfs Lane. While the concept proposal is in its early stages, Mayor Volpe has voiced support for the conceptual project that would fill currently vacant land located in the heart of Pelham’s downtown.
“I write in support of the efforts of MatriArch Development to develop the currently vacant land at 101 Wolf’s Lane in Pelham, New York. My Board of Trustees and I are enthusiastic after hearing Matriarch’s preliminary approach for a mixed-use project on the main retail strip proximate to the Metro North train station. This development would have retail/commercial, municipal, and housing components, and would develop a long-empty site in the heart of our down,” wrote Mayor Volpe in a letter dated July 13, 2015…
“We intend to be cooperative with Matriarch as their plans move into a full Site Plan review and State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process,” wrote Mayor Volpe. “It is in those detailed, publicly-accessible reviews where my Board and I will assess the specific impact of Matriarch’s plan on Village traffic, school capacity, parking, utility capacity safety, and architectural standards. We take very seriously our mandate to protect the Village’s interest and ensure that any development has a net positive impact on the Village.”
Mara Kravitz, who along with her mother Rosalie is spearheading the project, told www.pelhamplus.com that the group is “pursuing economic development and sustainability grant funding through New York State’s Consolidated Funding Application.”
Specifically, they are targeting the Empire State Development’s Grant Fund and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s sustainability grants.
“Our goal is to harness all of the resources available so that this project can have the best possible effects on the community and region,” said Mara Kravitz.
But, while Mayor Volpe indicated support for the grant effort and the idea of developing the land, he notes in the letter that a substantial amount of study is yet to be done, and that the possible project is still in its infant stages.
As initially proposed the new development would have a total of 51 rental apartments, including some in the floors above 6,750 sq. ft. of retail space fronting Wolfs Lane. Most of the apartments would be the six story building behind Wolfs Lane, set back about 100 feet from the street and accessible via Sparks Avenue.
All the rental apartments would be 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom units. There would also be 60 parking spaces located on two levels in the six story back building. In reply to a question, Mara Kravitz said rents would range from $2,000 to $4,000 per month.
Mara Kravitz said the project incorporates sustainability and elements of smart growth, which she said are factors in grant eligibility.
“The Mid-Hudson Region is looking to support projects that revitalize urban centers so they can be engines of prosperity in region, invest in housing, improve infrastructure and promote the region’s natural resources, like arts and culture,” she said. “As a transit-oriented development that considers sustainability and smart growth at each step of the design, we are also looking to NYSERDA’s sustainability grants to go above and beyond.