The Real Deal New York

Holy legal battle: Developer locked in $26M suit with nuns for over Greenburgh apartment project

January 18, 2018 01:24PM

In 2006, S&R Development Estates bought a 2.3-acre site in Greenburgh, planning to build a four-story, 45-unit apartment building. But the neighbors objected. Those neighbors are the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a cloistered Catholic order who occupy what was once a single-family home. Both plots of land are part of the former Gerald Fountain Homestead, which also includes the Greenburgh Nature Center and land owned by the Edgemont School District. In 1912, Gerald Fountain divided his land into 10 parcels and gave the owners of each the power decide what gets built on the entire Homestead property. S&R, however, thinks it’s a violation of the Fair Housing Act for the nuns and other owners to stop its development because the project will include affordable units. The developer’s suit in federal court is seeking $26 million in damages from the nuns, the town of Greenburgh and the school district, LoHud reported. [Lohud]