NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday detailing how the council wants the city’s waterfront to look when the Echo Bay project is completed.
“We’re going to have more votes related to the Echo Bay project,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.
Bramson said Tuesday's resolution is a standard one for projects of this size. “A lot of it is boilerplate,” he said.
The council also approved composing a document that meets the standards of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act based on this report, and what project developer Forest City Residential suggests. Forest City will also continue to work closely with the city to fulfill its needs for the project.
Council members were reassured that the Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth would continue to work with them on the review.
“We’ll be coming before the council on the other matters,” Freimuth said.
The proposed agreement between New Rochelle and Forest City originally called for a short report to be written in the next 18 months that looks at how the project would impact the environment and the effect it would have on the city’s waterfront. However, the council has previously voted to cut this review to nine months.
The city will look at how traffic flows throughout the area, parking and plans for the placement of utilities. The city also will look for improvements that can be made to the area to make it more attractive for retailers and a design that meets the standards of the review.
A study about the area’s social and economic conditions will also be conducted. The developer and the city will look at land use and zoning issues, such as how the downtown armory should be used and where the city yard should be located to make way for the improved waterfront.
The project is envisioned to put 200 to 300 residential units in the area, and 25,000 to 50,000 square feet of retail space at the current city yard.
Forest City’s latest plan, smaller than the one originally proposed, also details how the area would allow for waterfront access, retail space, parking garages and residential buildings.