New Rochelle Gives OK for $26M Market in Armory

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The historic New Rochelle Armory on East Main Street. The Good Profit organization plans to open an open air market there. Photo Credit: Justin Stock

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Officials from Good Profit will spend the coming months putting together a plan for a $26 million open-air market in the historic New Rochelle Armory.

The City Council decided to enter into an agreement with the organization during its Tuesday meeting. The Council informally decided in September to accept  Good Profit’s proposal over a plan submitted by veterans to make the East Main Street building a performing arts center. Donations will fund $19 million of the Good Profit project. 

In six months, Good Profit will show the Council plans detailing how much the upgrades will cost, its benefits, and how it plans to finance the project. It will then have nine months to upgrade the armory if the Council okays the plans, according to meeting documents.

The original plans call for the market to sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, bread and other items and to include an eating area. The group also proposes an art gallery in the front of the armory and space to provide services to veterans.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said last month that nothing is set in stone concerning the armory.

“The project is not finalized, and it could change. This will be a difficult undertaking,” he said. “There are no guarantees, but a commitment to great effort."

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americancadet:

I was a naval sea cadet and trained at the Armory for four years. The history of this place should not be pushed aside for fruits and veggies. It is an insult for those who used it for its intended purpose. I too have seen New Rochelle change dramatically since I was a boy, and it always saddens me.

Freedomfighter:

It seems to me that New Rochelle, as a public entity has no interest in preserving history. This armory is where the reserves met. It's where we all reported in after serving in the military. So many memories are going to be swept away so that you can have an open air market. First the Thruway Diner is allowed to be torn down so that a totally unneeded Walgreens can be built, now the Armory on the other end of town will soon be gone. It's sad.

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