The iconic former White Plains YMCA building is getting a new resident. In fact, there will be a slew of new residents next year as the site becomes home to new luxury apartments in a development known simply as Juliette. Situated at 250 Mamaroneck Avenue, Juliette — named for the first African American woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard — “is proud to bring a variety of luxury amenities to each of its properties,” says Jenna Lefever, director of PR for Nashville-based Southern Land Company (SLC), the project’s developer. “Juliette’s amenities include an outdoor leisure hub outfitted with a courtyard area and a pool, spa, garden terrace, barbecue grill, exterior fireplace, seating area, and bicycle storage. A planned dog spa, bicycle tune shop and work studio, resident lounge, and conference room are also in the works.” Other advertised amenities include a yoga-and-cycling studio, all-season resident parking, and concierge service.
The central location means Juliette will be walkable to many resources, including Whole Foods, Bloomingdale’s, White Plains Hospital, and several schools, catering to residents looking for a balance of suburban and urban lifestyles.
Working with architect Lessard Design, SLC representatives noted that its principals were “impressed by the number of incoming commuters on the Metro-North into White Plains, as well as the job growth in the market, and found there was a real need for housing in the Downtown area. Additionally, this project is an opportunity to help reinvigorate part of the heart of this amazing city.”
Meanwhile, the White Plains YMCA is moving to 148 Hamilton Avenue due to high maintenance costs and other financial considerations. After all is said and done, SLC’s investment in the community is projected to be about $100 million and will include support for the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester elsewhere in White Plains, the affordable-housing fund, and the city’s parks-and-recreation fund.
“Our strong relationships with the YMCA, the City of White Plains, and other local groups have started us on the path to building additional community relationships and becoming a good neighbor,” says Lefever.
Ultimately, the estimated two-year multifamily housing project will offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units ranging from 550 to 1,375 square feet.