“The historic archway of a long-abandoned school building will be preserved as part of the façade of a new affordable-housing complex to rise in its place next year. Mayor Mike Spano will join the developers of the Schoolhouse Terrace at Croton Heights project at noon Tuesday to hail the start of demolition at the derelict former School 6 building at 33 Ashburton Ave.
The school is being razed to make way for a mid-rise structure with 51 senior-citizen housing units and a high-rise with 70 units for lower-income families. The $58 million development is part of the Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority’s broader plan to transform a blighted swath of the city’s west side.
“After many years of planning, this event marks the beginning of the transformation of the lower Ashburton Avenue corridor,” Spano’s office said. The school itself has been abandoned for more than 30 years and has fallen into a state of disrepair too severe for preservation, they said. The new complex will feature a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, plus 2,400 square feet of community space and two underground parking garages with 134 spaces.
The breakdown of affordable units: 26 for households earning under 30 percent of the area median income, 44 for families earning under 60 percent, and 50 for seniors earning under 50 percent. The building superintendent will also have a unit. The design meets both LEED and state environmental sustainability standards.” M. Scott Allen of GAR Associates, Inc. completed a market study on this project in 2012.