Two small units were built in an as-of-right/no variances approach utilizing Town land and creating affordable ownership housing for Town firemen and teachers with rental flats on the lower level for the formerly homeless.
This site presented extreme problems of grade and accessibility. The upside-down format of the ownership units allowed for maximum exposure to views while the simple wood frame construction enabled a small-scale builder to execute the project. All surface materials had to be run through an architectural review board, thus wood siding and some careful color selection and final building form were subject to community review.
Despite all these challenges, the project was built for approximately $117 per sq. ft. in 2003 in lower Westchester County