Veterans fight to save New Rochelle armory

The veterans' proposal to make the armory into a community center, offering services to seniors and veterans, was turned down last week by the city. (8/21/13)

NEW ROCHELLE - Veterans in New Rochelle are fighting to preserve the city’s military history.

Dozens of veterans and community members spoke about the city’s plan to redevelop the waterfront at the American Legion Hall in New Rochelle Wednesday evening. They are hoping the plan includes saving the former naval Armory.

The veterans' proposal to make the armory into a community center, offering services to seniors and veterans, was turned down last week by the city. The city is considering the Echo Bay waterfront project that has been proposed by developer Forest City Residential Group. It includes 285 apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space.

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The developer of that project says his plan would require the removal of part of the existing armory building.

News 12 reached out to Mayor Noam Bramson and the project developer, but has yet to receive comment.

The veterans say they are considering taking legal action.

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