NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – You can voice your opinion on an environmental impact statement for the Echo Bay Waterfront Project in New Rochelle, following the recent approval of a public hearing by the City Council.
“What we are talking about is taking an area that is nothing but a dead weight on the physical, environmental and economic ambitions of this city and transforming it into a site of which we can be proud,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.
The public hearing will take place during the Citizens To Be Heard portion of the March 12 meeting of the City Council. Following public comment and more discussion by the council, a final environmental impact statement will be created.
“I don’t want any of us to lose site of the big picture because this is going to be a major win for New Rochelle when this is accomplished," said Bramson to his fellow City Council members. "I’m excited about the fact that we’re so close, so close now to getting it done.”
A draft environmental impact statement prepared by Forest City for the proposed redevelopment would consist of 285 apartments, 29 of which would be moderate-income housing units; 25,000 square feet of retail space; and 430 parking spaces for all uses. It also would include the creation on the Armory property of Armory Place, a landscaped boulevard providing access to various buildings and parking for the Echo Bay Walkway, a waterfront esplanade.
In addition, the Echo Bay project would include a public seating area with three benches and a pergola overlooking the bay; a pedestrian bridge connection to the Westchester County Wastewater Treatment Plant for a future pedestrian path to Five Islands Park; a sloped, open lawn area toward the waterfront; the Echo Bay Walkway; a 45-car public lot; and a small nonmotorized boat launch and rehabilitated stone building on the Armory property.