Echo Bay Plan Presented to Council

While smaller than first envisioned, the project would still have a dramatic effect on its surroundings.

Revised Proposal Includes Parkland, Housing, Shops

Last week, Forest City Residential presented to the City Council revised plans for the Echo Bay waterfront. The new proposal, situated on roughly 11 acres bounded by East Main Street and Long Island Sound, envisions: parkland, housing and shops; environmental remediation of contaminated land; and full public access to the shoreline.

This new configuration is based on a year of analysis by both the City and the developer. It reflects greater experience with the constraints and opportunities on the site, and it also accounts for significant changes in the economic climate since the project’s original conception back in 2007.

While smaller than first envisioned, the project would still have a dramatic effect on its surroundings. It would be New Rochelle’s largest new development in about 20 years and the largest new park in almost 40 years. In addition, it is laid out to permit integration into a broader redevelopment of the area and, thereby, serve as a catalyst for future waterfront improvements.

The plan anticipates the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the former Armory, and leaves judgments about the future of this structure to the City. The Council could opt to issue a request for proposals for the Armory and then embed the winning reuse model into the overall waterfront project.

The Council must now decide whether to adopt a fresh Memorandum of Understanding with Forest City Residential that reflects the content of this revised proposal. If the Council chooses to proceed, then Forest City will be responsible for an extensive (and costly) environmental review that would serve as the basis for further public discussion and comment.

You can learn much more in last week’s presentation from Forest City to the City Council.

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Billy March 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Noam Bramson March 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Thank you for your comments and questions. The financial terms of the Echo Bay project have not yet been determined, and are among the many important considerations that would be fully explored in the context of an environmental review. That said, the City's independent financial analysis demonstrates that there are many ways to structure a PILOT agreement that would result in a net benefit to the taxpayers. The sale price of the land has also not been determined and would be set in conjunction with required developer contributions to infrastructure and public improvements on the site.
Noam Bramson March 20, 2012 at 09:15 AM
The plant has been expanded and upgraded in order to improve its treatment capacity. The new design will also provide better odor control. This is a Westchester County project, however, and is not under the City's jurisdiction, so I recommend that you obtain more detailed information from the County Department of Environment Facilities at http://environment.westchestergov.com/contact-us.
Martin Sanchez March 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM
As the Mayor says, it's free!
fuzzy March 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I thought the city planning board had to approve this project.There would be some kind of record there about to the project's height?


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