In late November, Westhab topped off their latest project, Dayspring Commons, a 63-unit supportive and affordable development in the Nodine Hill neighborhood of Yonkers. To mark the milestone while heeding public health COVID-19 guidance, a small gathering was held with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Westhab CEO Rich Nightingale.
Dayspring Commons, set to open in 2021, is part of a larger vision for the Nodine Hill neighborhood. Westhab plans to convert the site next door, which used to house the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, into the Dayspring Community Center. The Center will feature youth and adult education programs, year-round after school and summer youth programming, vocational training and employment counseling, family programming, a food pantry, and more.
Nightingale commended the community driven effort to realize Dayspring Commons. He said ““Westhab is elated to see the Dayspring vision become a reality. Dayspring represents the culmination of years of community development work, and we can’t wait to open our doors and watch the Nodine Hill community soar to new heights,”
Mayor Spano extolled the project and described how it will benefit the Yonkers community. He said, “Not only will this effort, when complete, provide much-needed affordable and supportive housing for a mix of individuals in Yonkers, but it will also bring a significant asset to all area residents in the form of a brand-new, state-of-the-art community center with a wide range of programming.”
Other stakeholders offered their congratulations on Dayspring Commons’ milestone. Dayspring Commons and Community Center together represent a $40 million investment into the underserved Nodine Hill neighborhood. The Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) is funding services and rental subsidies for 37 formerly homeless families who will live at Dayspring Commons, including 25 young parents and their children. In an Op-Ed for Lohud, Nightingale emphasized how integral the ESSHI funding is to Dayspring Commons and how the Governor must commit to funding the next phase of the program
This project was financed by New York State Housing Finance Agency, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Westchester County, and the City of Yonkers, with operating/services financing from New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative).
The architect on Dayspring Commons is Aufgang Architects. The general contractor is J. Pilla Group.