Avalon Harrison Will Include More Than 140 Affordable Housing Units, Access to Shops, Retail

MTA Working with the Village of Westbury on Next TOD Project, Expected to Break Ground in 2024

Governor Kathy Hochul, leaders from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and officials from AvalonBay Communities today announced the completion of Avalon Harrison, a transit-oriented development at the Harrison Metro-North station built with support from the MTA. Transit-oriented development is intended to promote downtown revitalization and improve the environment and healthy lifestyles by providing residents access to shops, amenities, and rail stations within walking distance. The MTA is continuing to advance transit-oriented developments, with another active project underway in Westbury. 

“My administration is continuing to do everything in our power to build new housing in every corner of this state,” Governor Hochul said. “With more than 140 units of affordable housing, the Avalon Harrison project does not only fit seamlessly into the community — it promises to make Harrison more dynamic and walkable and serve as a model for transit-oriented development everywhere.” 

Avalon Harrison, built at the Metro-North Railroad Harrison Station, includes:

  • 143 apartments in three residential buildings, including seven affordable apartments subsidized by Westchester County
  • Approximately 5,000 square feet of interior amenities for the residential community
  • Approximately 27,000 square feet of vibrant, street-level retail/commercial space 
  • Two landscaped public plazas with connections to the Metro-North Harrison Station platform
  • 758 total project parking spaces
  • 475 Metro-North Customer Parking spaces (an increase of 218 or 85 percent)
  • 96 Retail Parking Spaces
  • 187 Residential Parking Spaces 

The first phase of the two-phase project opened August 23, 2021, and included the construction of a 598-space commuter parking garage located steps away from the Harrison station’s Connecticut-bound platform. The garage is owned and operated by Metro-North. 

The Harrison project is expected to be a transformative project for the station and the central business district of Harrison and is a three-way win for the partnership. On the public sector side, MTA now has improved station access (increased parking, improved pedestrian flow with direct access to the outbound platform from the garage); an enhanced station environment with retail shops along the frontage of Halstead Avenue and in the plazas/courtyard; and increased residential density within walking distance to the station for potential ridership increases; all while avoiding any capital cost. 

The Town/Village of Harrison benefits with a potential economic catalyst for the central business district and tax revenues from property that was previously public owned. Avalon Bay Communities now has a showcase transit-oriented development along Metro-North’s highest ridership line. 

Harrison currently has 98 trains per weekday and 75 on Saturdays and Sundays, generally offering service every 30 minutes toward Manhattan and Stamford during off-peak hours and every 20 minutes during peak hours. 

Avalon Harrison complements Governor Hochul’s comprehensive agenda to strengthen New York’s housing supply and make the state more affordable and more livable. The Governor recently announced a package of executive actions to promote housing growth across New York State. As part the FY 2023 Budget, the Governor also secured funding for a five-year, $25 billion Housing Plan to create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes in urban and rural areas across New York.

About the MTA’s Transit-Oriented Development Program

Through its transit-oriented development team, the MTA collaborates with property owners and municipalities across the region to promote development around transit stations that increase accessibility and provide housing, retail shops, office and public improvements. The success of Harrison is being followed by other TOD development projects at Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road stations which are being constructed in conformance with recently enacted municipal rezoning. 

The MTA is currently working with the Village of Westbury in Nassau County to bring a mixed-use residential development on the LIRR-owned commuter parking lot south of the Westbury Station following multi-billion-dollar MTA investments in LIRR. The MTA continues to work with communities that have committed to improve and activate their station areas by rezoning to allow greater density and mixed uses.