Troubled New Rochelle housing project to be transformed

A troubled public housing project in New Rochelle is about to be transformed as officials broke ground on a replacement for the 63-year-old Hartley Houses.

Hartley Houses has long been associated with poverty, violence and gang activity. But in its place will soon be a new affordable housing development called Heritage Homes.

The three-phase project will allow the first set of new apartments to be built and moved into. The vacated towers will then be knocked down for the next phase to begin.

The new townhouse style of the Heritage Homes won?t have any stairwells or long hallways, which looks to deter crime that has plagued the development in the past.

The new town homes will have 131 units. Hartley Houses tenants in good standing will get the first shot at the new town homes.

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