Plans for 165 units of market rate housing on the property of the former Soundview Preparatory School on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown have been submitted to the town’s Planning Department.
Unicorn Contracting is the development firm behind what is being called Underhill Farms. Of the planned 165 units, 135 will be considered senior-friendly and 75 specifically designed for seniors.
“The Underhill Farms project will preserve Yorktown’s heritage and invest in its future,” said Paul Guillaro, President of Unicorn Contracting. “Environmental and historic preservation are essential aspects of sustainable development and we’re committed to making Underhill Farms a source of pride for Yorktown residents.”
The historic main building on the property is slated to be transformed into a community resource and gathering spot, with a restaurant, coffee shop and 12,000 square feet of retail/office space. In addition, the pond will be completely restored and complemented by walking trails, sitting areas and a new pedestrian gateway at the estate’s original entrance at the intersection of Rte. 118 and Underhill Avenue.
Beyond the environmental improvements to the property and the preservation of open space, Unicorn Contracting has vowed to incorporate green building practices into the project design.
The project also includes a parking lot for the new senior center and Yorktown Parks and Recreation Department, proposed to be located at the adjacent Beaveridge Senior Apartments, and expands emergency access to Beaveridge.
“Underhill Farms represents the beginning of a long-term partnership with Yorktown,” Guillaro said. “When completed, Underhill Farms will generate more than $1 million dollars in annual tax revenue for the school district and local governments. Underhill Farms is an investment in Yorktown—both its rich past and bright future.”
Unicorn is currently completely a required traffic study in conjunction with the project.