Community voices concerns about latest stage in Galleria's redevelopment
White Plains residents addressed their concerns on Monday as the city discussed the future of the Galleria Mall.
The mall – most of it privately-owned outside of the garage -- presently sits empty. The city has been contemplating what to do with the garage, which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. It was formed to share ideas about everything from parking to green initiatives.
“By the turnout you see tonight, you can tell it's been successful,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roachc "The city has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform downtown White Plains,” added CAWS member Gary O’Brien.
O’Brien says the city has asked Albany lawmakers for permission to sell it without the normal public auction and bids process, and without finishing public comment on the comprehensive plan.
"Giving it to a developer without a public process seems to us we'll never know whether we got the best price for that property,” he said.
CAWS also says they've gotten resistance in trying to be involved in creating the redevelopment proposal.