By Stephen E. Lipken
Plans for restoring the Armory were outlined at the May 22 New Rochelle Regular Legislative Meeting.
Commenting on Resolution “Intent to Declare Lead Agency Relative to Restore-NY (RNY) Grant Rounds IV-V,” Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon noted two separate grants relating to Echo Bay projects; one, the Armory, the other demolishing former Mancuso marina parcel and Nelstad cement plant by Twining Properties. The City received a grant of $265,730 to demolish the existing structures.
An RNY grant of $1 million was given to the City, matched by $1 million paid by Twining to secure Armory windows and doors, supply a new roof, stabilize the building and conduct asbestos removal. “We hope the Armory will be enclosed and sealed before winter gets here,plus extending the Downtown Overlay Zone (DOZ) Waterfront Zone/DO- 7 down Lefevre Lane to the waterfront,” Aragon stated. Twining will also participate in local hiring.
“This is a complicated project with many different milestones, including opportunities for public comment and input,” Mayor Noam Bramson said. “This is one of the most significant projects not just for today but in the history of New Rochelle.”
Other Resolutions included appropriate City Officers to sign a Home Rule for enactment of NYS Senate Bill S1976; Assembly Bill A7278 authorizing the extension of City Local Hotel Occupancy tax until September 1, 2021 and amending Section 235 of the City Code to streamline the processes for obtaining permits related to peddling licenses for itinerant and fixed-location vendors, including vendor insurance coverage of not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit of liability per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage.
Finally, the meeting shifted to Council Chambers where Mayor Bramson congratulated New Rochelle High School wrestler Jake Logan on winning the NYS Section 1 State Championship Title.