NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Deciding how the historic New Rochelle Armory should be restored using one group's proposal for the project is one of the items on the agenda when the City Council meets Oct. 10.
The council on Wednesday chose the Good Profit development group's plan to turn the armory into an open-air market over one submitted by veterans to make the armory a performing arts center.
The city will now work out what the city and the Good Profit group must agree to, then vote on it at the next council meeting. The council will also vote on how the group’s plan should become part of the Echo Bay project to revitalize the waterfront.
The Good Profit group, which assists nonprofits with their goals, wants to turn the armory into an open-air market at an estimated cost of $26 million, with $19 million coming from donations.
The market would sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, bread and other items. The group also proposes an art gallery in the front of the armory and space to provide services to veterans. An eating area for customers who come to the market is included.
“Our project is bold. Our project is courageous,” Michael Blakeney of Good Profit said when presenting the group's plan to the council last month.
Last month's presentations marked the first dialogue between the council and both groups.