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Downtown apartments could rise on Yonkers church site

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A 140-year-old church in downtown Yonkers could be taken down to make way for a 156-unit apartment complex.

Hudson Holdings NY LLC, a Kew Gardens-based developer, plans to construct a 15-story residential and commercial building on the property at 40-48 Hudson St. The complex would consist of two studio, 98 one-bedroom, 53 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom rental units.

The developer has proposed to build an 1,850-square-foot eating and drinking establishment on the ground floor of the complex.

The building will also include a number of amenities for the building’s residents, according to Janet J. Giris, a partner at DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, in a letter to the Yonkers Planning Board outlining the proposal.

Those would include a gym, conference room, resident lounge, library and party room. The roof of the building has been designed as a green roof, Giris said, and could be used as recreational space for residents.

The development plans call for 153 parking spaces in a garage with three below-ground levels and three above-grade levels that would contain 63 spaces.

The apartment building’s facade will be a combination of glass and fiber cement cladding panels, giving the building “a bright, open appearance,” Giris said.

The transit-oriented development would be less than a quarter-mile from the Yonkers Metro-North train station.

A vacant church at 44 Hudson St. and adjacent three-story building, formerly the Christian Life Fellowship Center, would be razed for the redevelopment.

The gray stone edifice served as the St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church in the late 1800s and was later home to the Christian Life Fellowship Church before its sale in November 2016. Hudson Holdings bought the property for $4.7 million, according to Westchester County land records.

The roughly half-acre property at the corner of Hudson and Hawthorne streets lies within a downtown district rezoned for mixed uses and a high concentration of commercial, residential and institutional developments with ground-floor commercial uses to activate the street-level environment. The block is also home to the Greenway Shopping Center and the Yonkers Family YMCA.

The developer’s plans were scheduled to be presented to the Yonkers Planning Board at its May 10 meeting.

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